Security Analyst David Agbee has launched a scathing attack on the competence of the Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul saying the latter does not understand anything security.
According to him, the Defence Minister with his ignorance is leading Ghana into an agreement with the United States that will leave the country having no peace if Parliament ratifies the military base agreement between the two countries.
David Agbee who’s the Executive Director of the Ghana Institute of Governance and Security, made the comments on the back of the US dismissing reports that it is building a military base in Ghana.
A statement by the US Embassy in Ghana said “the United States has not requested, nor does it plan to establish a military base or bases in Ghana.”
The government of Ghana has also denied the reports with the Defence Minister Dominic Nitiwul categorically stated that: “There is nothing like a military base…the Americans are not setting up a military base [here].”
The denials come after a leaked document revealed that the Government of Ghana has approved an agreement with the US to set up a military base in Ghana and also allow unrestricted access to a host of facilities and wide-ranging tax exemptions to the United States Military.
But Mr Agbe has rejected the denials.
“It’s a typical military base that they want to set up in Ghana and it’s been on the table for many years just that they’ve not gotten a weak government. We would not have our sovereign right to rule as an independent country if we agree to this. They tried Nigeria and they refused, but they’ve realized that our government is weak.
“We need to rise up to the occasion and march to parliament when the bill is laid before them. I’ll state emphatically that if this agreement is ratified, Ghana will never know peace again,” he told Starr News, .
David Agbee then, descended heavily on the Defence Minister saying the latter doesn’t understand what the agreement entails.
“When this document is approved by Parliament, let me say it emphatically that Ghana will never see peace again. Our Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul, when it comes to the understanding and appreciation of security matters he does not even understand anything about security.
So whatever he says people should throw it into the dustbin, he does not have any clear understanding as far as security is concerned at all. So all these documents were put in front of him and he read it just like English, so he should be very serious of any action that he takes so that we should not surrender our sovereign will or territorial boundary to any government at all.”