Ghanaians woke up to the news of an agreement by the government with the United States of America to build a military base in Ghana. The collective reaction has been as though we just got a message saying, “Congratulations, you’ve just been sold back into slavery”. Most Ghanaians have taken to social media to express their disappointment in the government for betraying our trust and selling our sovereignty to a country whose President not so long ago described us as a “shithole country”.
However, a Security Analyst Irbard Ibrahim has dismissed the reactions as “much ado about nothing”, saying ‘the world will not come to an end’ when a US Military base is established in Ghana. In a press statement copied to MYNEWSGH.com following the breaking of the issue, he said there was no difference between accepting GITMO 2 and the purported establishment of a US base in Ghana.
“Just like Gitmo 2, setting up a US military base in Ghana does not pose too serious an existential threat to our security. It is often said that all nations are equal. But in the current Unipolar World Order, some nations are just “more equal” than others. I stuck my neck out and swam against the tide on the issue of the Gitmo2. I think this foreign policy decision we have on our hands now does not stink and is not as repugnant as it looks at first sight”, he wrote.
He said Ghana must bite the bullet and admit the difficulty we have in saying no to a superpower like the United States. “We have no option but to bite the bullet. It is just difficult to say no to the United States and I wish Ghanaians will bear with H.E Nana Addo on this one just as they bore with H.E. Dramani Mahama on Gitmo2.”, he said.
“His Excellency Kuffuor was able to reject a similar overture in the mid-2000s to the admiration of many. But the security dynamics in Africa have changed completely now – there was no Boko Haram as a lethal fighting force in the sub-region at that time; Al Shabab didn’t exist in Africa in its current form, there was no JNIM etc.”, he added.
“Much as I call for upholding Africa’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, the security exigencies of our time call for extraordinary measures and increased coordination and collaboration with our foreign partners.”
He, however, called on Parliamentarians before who will be approving the agreement to ‘vote Ghana. “I courteously and humbly urge Parliament to dispassionately consider the pros and cons of this decision and eventually “vote Ghana” on the floor of the House rather than NPP or NDC”, he concluded.