Ghana-US military deal: Ghanaians lack moral courage to speak up – Nuno Mensah
Former Chief of Defense Staff, Brigadier General Nunoo Mensah has observed that Ghanaians do not have moral courage to speak the truth on important national issues.
His comments come on the back of the heated controversy generated by the Ghana-US military agreement that seeks to give the US military unimpeded access to some facilities in Ghana.
Ghana’s parliament approved the deal despite fierce opposition from the minority side. The National Democratic Congress (NDC) minority staged a walkout prior to the ratification of the bill.
Justifying the deal, the Defence Minister Dominic Nitiwul at a press conference stated that the US government made the request based on earlier memoranda signed in February 1998 and April 2015 which he said were binding on the two countries.
He also accused a former Foreign Affairs Minister Madam Hanna Tetteh of secretly signing the 2015 deal without recourse to parliament.
He further revealed that the military deal will fetch the country some $20 million.
But his explanations rather seemed to incense Ghanaians the more. Many poured their hearts out on social and traditional media calling on government to cancel the deal.
Two individuals Yaw Brogya Gyamfi who is the Ashanti Regional Youth Organiser of the NDC and Emmanuel Kotin, Executive Director for Africa Centre for Security and Counter Terrorism have dragged government to court over the military deal.
There have also been threats of demonstrations from some groups who are bent on piling pressure on government to cancel the deal.
But speaking to Blessed Eduamoah Dadzie on Wake up Tamale on Radio Tamale 91.7FM, General Nunoo Mensah said Ghanaians do not have the courage to speak up on matters such as this.
“What I‘ve learnt is that, Ghanaians we don’t have moral courage to speak the truth, to speak our mind. That’s what we lack. When matters come up we don’t speak the truth. You go to cabinet and cabinet minister is thinking of his purse and his Land Cruiser,” he said.
He condemned the politicization of the military deal and called on Members of Parliament to always endeavor to put the interest of the nation first.
“How come that all NPP members are for the agreement and all NDC members are against the agreement, how can that happen? I was so angry with our parliamentarians. They should have independent minds, but they will not for fear that they will lose their purse,” he stated.
General Nunoo Mensah averred that Ghana is being roped into the fight against terrorism with the approval of the Ghana-US military agreement.
“We don’t even know what they are going to do here, but the most important thing that worries me is the fact that America is fighting global war, war on terror and to get the terrorists they are looking for in our sub-region, they need a base from where to deal with those terrorists and they find Ghana ideal for that. We are being roped into the war in terror, but are we ready for the war on terror, do we have what it takes to fight terror, to fight ISIS, fight Buko Haram, fight Al-Qaida?” He quizzed.
He said the country would be exposed to terrorist attacks if the government goes ahead with the pact.
By: Yahaya Masahudu, firstname.lastname@example.org