The President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has dismissed claims that his government has offered a military base to the US.
He added that his government will not in the future offer a military base to the American troops saying the Americans have not made any request for such consideration.
Addressing the nation on the US defence cooperation agreement which was ratified by Parliament last month, he said, ‘Let me state with the clearest affirmation that Ghana has not offered a military base and will not offer a military base to the United States of America. Indeed, the United States of America has not made any request for such consideration and consistent with our foreign policy we will not consider any such request’
He said he recognises the sacrifices that brought about the independence of Ghana and that he will not sell its sovereignty to any foreign country.
“I will never be the president that will compromise or sell the sovereignty of our country. I respect deeply the memory of the great patriots whose sacrifice and toil brought about our independence and freedom,” he stated.
He lashed out members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) for accusing him of selling the sovereignty of Ghana for pittance.
“Fellow Ghanaians, let me conclude by saying how outraged I am by the defamatory comments from my political opponents, some of whose patriotism can be so easily questioned, that the sovereignty of this country has been sold by my government and myself,’ he fumed.
The President’s comments come on the back of backlash he received from opposition political parties and groups after the deal was ratified.