Live from the Woods: $20m Ghana-US military deal enough to cost Akufo-Addo 2020 reelection

The ratification of the dumb Ghana-US military deal last Friday should be enough to cost president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo reelection in 2020.

The opposition political parties do not need any grand policies to unseat the governing New Patriotic Party that came to power on the back of the many miscalculations of the past regime.

They simply need to harp on the $20million modern slave trade deal entered between the government and its Washington counterpart. The controversial Ghana-US Defence Cooperation Agreement is a classic definition of what the president meant by Ghana beyond aid – a mindless, meaningless mumble.

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The supposed policy shift that has churned out more rhetoric than action, is rather a strategy to dupe and rape Ghanaians to enrich families of government appointees. And this military deal has exposed the Akufo-Addo led-NPP administration as a self-seeking one.

An agreement that cedes part of a nation’s territory to a global superpower for a pittance does not demand intelligence and smartness. To the extent that Ghana gets $20million in exchange for giving the US unimpeded access to key strategic state facilities, questions the genuineness of people such as Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul and the army of NPP lawmakers who have defended this bad deal.

Trust me, you will need to be fantastically unintelligent and bastardly greedy to seal such a deal at a time you have made highfalutin promises to Ghanaians.

It’s surprising how leadership in Africa has often turned out to be a curse rather than a blessing in a continent with mass natural minerals buried inside the belly of its earth.

US president Donald Trump championing a racist agenda ‘America First’

President Akufo-Addo promised to restore the Ghanaian dignity and integrity but his actions and inactions the past one year, have given him away as a more-talk-less-action leader.

I am not against any cooperation in whatever shape or form with the US or any other country but Ghana must come first.

If we’re negotiating with the Donald Trump administration that’s unashamedly championing a racist policy as “America First” we need to be clear-eyed. Bragging after bagging a paltry sum of $20million when the same US has given more than $1.5billion in military and economic aid to Egypt is the greatest tragedy of the world.

Third World thinking.

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There’s no pride in what president Akufo-Addo and his men did especially when Seychelles Parliament rejected an Indian military deal worth $550million, three days before Ghana’s lawmakers gleefully mortgaged the nation’s future.

A bad deal is equal to no deal and the government must know this by now. No amount of explanation offered by the government or the US Embassy here in Ghana will douse the anger of a majority of Ghanaians. The deal must be called off for a proper negotiation to take place.

I don’t care if the US has similar $20million military deals with other countries. What I know is that if you’re auctioning Ghana, it must be to the highest and not the lowest bidder. This is a basic principle in auctioning. Our leaders have always been the source of our many problems.

A friend captured this when she said: “NDC gave us GITMO 2 but NPP has finally sold our sovereignty. To think that these were the very same people who were disturbing our ears with JM’s decision to adopt the GITMO. Useless Leaders! Hypocrites much!”

Let’s rally the nation against this monstrous deal that won’t benefit today and tomorrow’s Ghanaian. The government and the US must be hiding something from us. There’s more to this deal than we’ve been told.

I endorse every legitimate means that will be adopted by the opposition political parties to straighten out the thinking of the Akufo-Addo government.

Always Ghana First.


The author, Kwabena Brakopowers is a journalist, blogger, traveller and life enthusiast whose work focuses on politics, health, relationship, environment and international affairs. You can reach him via 

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