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Why Akufo Addo has Finally Agreed to Speak To Ghanaians About the U.S. Military Base Deal

The heated debate generated by the agreement between the Akufo Addo government and the United States of America continue to unease many, not least the President himself.

By Sunday, 1st April as the public took a break for the Easter festivities the government had been gripped in enough panic. Protests in the previous days against the deal which was forced through parliament a week earlier have aroused him to take note.

This got the usually adamant president to panic. He summoned his defence minister Mr Dominic Nitiwul and his henchment for advice on the way forward with the public pressure.

This led to a crunch meeting involving selected journalists. It is unclear whose idea it was for the President to meet them. At that meeting were defence minister Dominic Nitiwul, Samson Ayenini of Joy FM’s newsfile, Kweku Baako of the Crusading Guide and Joy fm Newsfile, Kwame Sefa Kayi of Peace fm and a few others.

The meeting took place at the Peduase Lodge which was considered secluded enough from public eyes.

During the discussions majority of the journalists impressed upon Mr Akufo Addo to speak to the country. One of them, shaken by the level of public anger, thought otherwise. But he was alone. This caused a severe argument amongst them. The lone journalist, desperate and weary of the public anger specifically said the president should abbrogate the deal, saying it will destroy his career if he doesn’t. This didn’t seem to go down well. There was a brief stone silence at this point. He then gave more reasons.

But the rest of the media men said the President should rather manage public opinion by speaking to the country. He warmed up to this and quickly asked “how” and “when” it could be done.

What was clear is that they all recognised that the anger against the President and his government is pretty bad.

This is why President Akufo Addo decided to speak to the public tonight.

Will he cancel the deal? It is left to be seen tonight.

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