The Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) has condemned President Nana Akufo-Addo over what it describes as his demeaning and disrespectful posture during his national address on Thursday on the U.S.-Ghana defence cooperation agreement (DCA).
The president urged Ghanaians in his speech, to, as far as the defence deal is concerned, “reject the unspeakable hypocrisy of the naysayers who led our country into bankruptcy in the worst economic record of modern Ghanaian history”, adding: “Let us rise above them.”
Speaking on the deal which has been mired in a lot of controversy for the first time, President Akufo-Addo rejected accusations by the main opposition National Democratic Congress, its Minority in parliament and civil society organisations, that he has sold Ghana’s sovereignty to the U.S. for $20million, per the deal.
According to him, the NDC and its Minority are being hypocritical about the whole deal.
“How else would we have exposed the unspeakable hypocrisy of a fraternity of some frontline politicians who make a habit of running with the hares and hunting with the hounds who secretly wallow in the largesse of the United States of America while at the same time promote anti-American sentiment to a populist constituency.
According to ASEPA, Mr Akufo-Addo “spoke like a dictator instead of a democratically elected President”.
The think tank indicated that: “The name calling was seriously uncalled for and we condemn every aspect of his speech”.
ASEPA further cautioned Mr Akufo-Addo to desist from endorsing the deal.
“We, therefore, advise the president not to append his signature to this agreement if he wants decorum to prevail in the country”.
This was contained in a press statement issued by Executive Secretary of ASEPA, Mensah Thompson on Friday, 6 April 2018, in which he indicated that he does not understand why Mr Akufo-Addo will be defending the U.S. in relation to the deal rather than the concerns of Ghanaians.
“We observed with serious disappointment how the Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) who was supposed to unite his nation to fight a common enemy (oppression) rather took side with the (oppressor) foreign agent and created the impression that anyone not in agreement with the current DCA is anti-America or against the oppressor which was very unfortunate to say the least.”
Below if the full statement:
ASEPA CONDEMNS THE PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS TO THE NATION ON THE US MILITARY BASE DEAL, SPEECH WAS EMPTY AND DEMEANING
We officially condemn the way and manner the President spoke to Ghanaians yesterday on the US military base agreement impasse.
We observed with serious disappointment how the commander in chief of the Ghana armed forces who was supposed to unite his nation to fight a common enemy (oppression) rather took side with the (oppressor) foreign agent and created the impression that anyone not in agreement with the current DCA is anti-America or against the oppressor which was very unfortunate to say the least.
We express huge disappointment on the failure of the President to announce a temporal hold on to the agreement and further went on to justify the agreement but most importantly failed to tell us the rationale behind this enhanced DCA.
The President’s posture was demeaning and disrespectful of Ghanaians; he spoke like a dictator instead of a democratically elected President.
The name calling was seriously uncalled for and we condemn every aspect of his speech.
We want to assure the President that civil society will not relent on our effort to get this DCA renegotiated.
We are prepared to use all means possible either civil or legal to address this concern.
We therefore advise the President not to append his signature on this agreement if he wants decorum to prevail in the country.
Ghana is a peace loving nation, we have enjoyed major stability and national cohesion for a while and the US knows we are an important asset in terms of peace keeping and defence in the sub region.
We need to leverage on this major goodwill that is not prevalent in most African nations to demand an agreement that does not indict on our sense of sovereignty and citizenship but also promote mutual respect for our laws and cultural jurisprudence.
We will therefore call on the council of state to call the President to order and prevent him from taking any action that will further threaten the stability of this country.
The Chairman, Council of State
The Speaker of Parliament
The Chief Justice
The Peace Council
All Concerned CSO’s
All Media Houses