General Secretary of the main opposition NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah has accused the government of making a huge mistake of entering into the Defense Cooperation Agreement with the US military in 2017.
The government entered into a Defense Cooperation Agreement with the US military in 2017, according to but the NDC claimed that the Akufo-Addo administration had entered into an agreement with the US for the establishment of a US military base in the country.
The NDC further indicated that Ghana would in future become a target for terrorist if the agreement with the US was ratified.
The party’s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, at a news conference in Accra, a year ago explained that the agreement would send wrong signals which could subsequently make Ghana vulnerable to terrorist attacks.
That was in spite of the fact that the NDC ‘secretly’ reached similar agreements in 1998 and 2015.
Commenting on the worsening security situation in the country, Mr. Asiedu Nketiah stated that it is very regrettable that the NPP government didn’t heed to his advice that the country was likely to be on the radar of terrorists and insurgency attacks following the agreement.
“I told you that if we allow the US to establish a military base here, it’ll be an open invitation for terrorists attacks in the country. Secondly, Bryan Acheampong who was with the US Army went to Afghanistan to destroy the country and so he’s been on the target list of the Afghanistans. How then do you appoint such a person as a Minister? They didn’t listen to my advice then, and now we are not at peace because of these things. If you doubt it, ask yourself who has the country wronged to the extent of attracting terrorists into the country? All the security alert and warnings from the UK, Canada and the rest to its nationals should tell you something,” he said in a recent interview.
Moreover, he said the country is a fertile ground for extremists because of the idle vigilante boys, who are likely to be used by terrorists to unleash attacks on the country.
“We must be proactive and act fast to forestall any chaotic situation,” Mr. Asiedu Nketiah added.