As NDC Hits Accra with US Demo
The General Secretary of the largest opposition party NDC, Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketia has said government should rather enlarge and build more of the prisons, since more of them will follow after Koku Anyidoho.
He indicated that, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will not relent until the government cancels the Defense Agreement with the United States.
Addressing hundreds of people who thronged the Arts Center park, he indicated that the government’s signing of the agreement is a humiliation to the sovereignty of Ghana, and that the NDC will demonstrate across Ghana until the agreement is cancelled, adding that “they should rather enlarge the prisons, because all of them will soon follow”.
He wondered why the Agreement grants immunity to American soldiers to the extent that they cannot be held in case of their committal of offence in Ghana, whilst any person who commits any crime against an American Soldier would face the law.
He called on the security services to rather offer their help to the NDC in fighting to defend the sovereignty of Ghana, adding that what the NDC is doing is a fight in defense of the Ghana security service.
He also advised that the President, Nana Addo Danquah Akkufo Addo should learn governance from the Kenyan government, claiming that Kenya signed a similar agreement the United Kingdom (UK), but made a better deal than what Ghana has done.
He said the Kenyans provided that any UK soldier that is coming to their country should secure a visa before entering into the country. Also, thumbprints of UK soldiers are taken before being allowed to enter, and are subject to the laws of Kenya.
He also asked for God’s forgiveness for the security forces for the way they are treating members of the NDC, saying “Father forgive them; for they know not what they are doing “.
The Ghana First Patriotic Front, the coalition that organized the demonstration, and who are mainly members of NDC converged at the Arts Center field after parading some of the principal streets of Accra to protest the agreement.
Present at the gathering were several political heads of the NDC including the Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Bernard Mornah, former Trade Minister, Ekow Spio-Garbrah, former Transport Minister, Dzifa Ativor, Deputy Minority Leader, James Klutse Avedzi among others.
The demonstrators were clad in red and held placards which had inscriptions such as “Ghana now on Tonaton, Nana Addo is a Terrorist, Say no to military base”, “Ghana not for sale”, “Incompetent government, incompetent agreement”, “Our future is at stake, don’t bring your shit into our hole” among others.
It would be recalled that, Parliament ratified and approved the Defense Agreement with the United States last Friday March 23, 2018, just as it was rising, a case that has sparked public debate as to whether it inures to the benefit of the nation or not, resulting in the utterances from the Deputy General Secretary that is said to be treasonable, leading to his arrest and detention at the headquarters of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI).
“There will be a civilian coup d’état. There will be a social revolution. We [NDC] are starting it on Wednesday. The movement is starting on Wednesday. Nana Addo will have sleepless nights. He will suffer diarrhea. He said he wanted to be president, but we will make sure he will be fed up on the seat,’’ were the alleged statement made, leading to widespread condemnation.
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Story: Frederick E. Aggrey