Tamale residents demonstrate against Ghana-US military deal

The demonstrators wielding placards

The demonstrators wielding placards

Thousands of residents of Tamale in the Northern Region on Saturday demonstrated against the Ghana-US military agreement.

As early as 5am, the demonstrators had gathered at the Tamale Jubilee Park waiting anxiously for the organisers.

Clad in red and black attire, singing and dancing to brass band music, they matched through the streets wielding placards urging the government to discard the agreement in its current form.

Some of the placards read ‘Nana you can’t sell us’, ‘We need jobs and not military base’, ‘Nana stop this agreement or we perish’ and ‘Nana we are not ready to be slaves.’

The demonstrators expressed their readiness to continue the demonstration until the government revised the agreement.

Addressing the demonstrators after a two-hour match, the organisers said the sovereignty of the state was worth than any other thing and that it was proper for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to rethink the agreement.

“We are not ready to accommodate the US military personnel in our land,” they said.

The organisers called on the government to put the interest of  the citizenry over and above any other thing in entering into international agreements.

The leaders included the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Asiedu Nketia, Haruna Iddrisu, Minority Leader, James Agalga, Member of Parliament (MP) for Bulsa North in the Upper East Region, Samuel Ablakwa, MP for North Tongu and Alhassan Suhuyini, MP for Tamale North.

Mr. Iddrisu told the crowd that the opposition was never against the US however, they would not support the agreement in its current form.

He urged the government to call for bi-party stakeholders to look at the terms of the agreement in order not to shortchange the sovereignty of the country.

Mr. Iddrisu slammed the president for his adamant posture, stressing that it was prudent for him to be accommodative to opposite views.

FROM: YAKUBU ABDUL-MAJEED TAMALE

 

 

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