Former President John Dramani Mahama has indicated that he is averse to the recent military cooperation agreement signed between Ghana and United States of America.
The agreement which was ratified by parliament on March 23 under some controversial circumstances gives American soldiers unimpeded access to certain key installations. According to the agreement Ghana will be given $20 million by way of training of its soldiers and equipment.
The former president therefore endorsed a demonstration in the national capital Accra against the agreement on Wednesday although almost a similar agreement was signed under him in 2015.
The demonstration organised by the Ghana First Patriotic Front drawn massive support from the opposition National Democratic Congress, which Mahama is a member.
The former president posted on his twitter handle on Wednesday backing the demonstrators.
“I join in declaring #GhanaFirst as my compatriots and other democratic forces converge to demonstrate their opposition to the Ghana/US military agreement,” Mr. Mahama stated.
I join in declaring #GhanaFirst as my compatriots and other democratic forces converge to demonstrate their opposition to the Ghana/US military agreement.
The demonstration was joined by Mahama’s vice, Paa kwesi Amissah Arthur and former ministers of state.
The Minority in Parliament also joined the protest.
The NDC Members of Parliament in a statement said they will “continue to explore many democratic options not limited to demonstrations, public fora, picketing, court actions and the notice we have served that a future NDC Government will urgently review this obnoxious agreement”.
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