CDS allays fears of Ghanaians over threats of terrorist attacks

Air Marshall Michael Sampson-Oje, Air Vice Marshall Maxwell Mantsebi-Tei Nagai and Chief of Naval Staff Real Admiral Peter Kofi Fiadoo pose with the clergy  Photo: Seth Osabukle

Air Marshall Michael Sampson-Oje, Air Vice Marshall Maxwell Mantsebi-Tei Nagai and Chief of Naval Staff Real Admiral Peter Kofi Fiadoo pose with the clergy Photo: Seth Osabukle

THE Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Marshall Michael Sampson-Oje, has called for calm in the wake of terrorist alert and attacks on neighbouring countries.

He  said the military  was on top of issues and would  make every  effort  to prevent such attack from occurring  and “even if  there was  such an attack there are accurate measures in place to  combat it speedily and deal  with it professionally”.

The CDS gave the assurance at the induction ceremony organised for him and the Chief of Naval Staff Real Admiral Peter Kofi Fiadoo, and Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Maxwell Mantsebi-Tei Nagai at the Garrison Methodist- Presbyterian Church at Burma Camp yesterday.

Air Marshall Sampson-Oje said that the sole duty of the military was to remain vigilant, alert and maintain professional posture at all times

He urged Ghanaians to remain calm, observant and report all suspicious movements and activities to the security agents for prompt action.

The CDS said efforts by the security to fight terrorism might not be convenient to Ghanaians but added that it was to provide safety for all.

Air Marshall Sampson-Oje said measures put in place included screening at various points of calls such as hotels, airports and various border points in the country, and urged the public to cooperate.

He has, therefore, called for the cooperation of all citizens and support of other security agencies when the need arises.

He advised the military not to indulge in partisan politics and cautioned that military facilities should not be used for political activities.

The CDS reminded the military that they were obliged to maintain and promote peace and unity.

Delivering the sermon at the service, a former Director of Religious Affairs of the Ghana Armed Forces, Rt. Rev. Col. W. Jonfia (RTD) urged the service chiefs to commit their ways into God’s hands so that everything would be well with them.

He said when they have God on their side they would succeed in everything they do, adding that “Recognise God as your shepherd who would give you comfort, peace and strength and also be gentle in all your approach with God and humanity”.

By Jemima Esinam Kuatsinu 

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