President Nana Akufo-Addo has defended the military operation along the country’s border amid the new voter registration exercise and increasing cases of COVID-19 infection.
The president spoke to the country on Monday, June 29, 2020, saying the move was in the country’s best interests.
He said the operation will save the country from an invasion of foreigners which could potentially jeopardize Ghana’s health and democratic efforts in these crucial times.
“The deployment of the security personnel, especially the military, along our borders is another dimension of this process to ensure peace for the nation. To strengthen our borders against such attacks and protect the territorial integrity of our country, Since I came into office, I have actively involved the military to secure our borders from any form of attacks. Soldiers in areas along our border are regular and residents living in border towns will prove this,” he said.
The military deployment along the country’s borders in the Oti, Volter, Bono, Upper East, Upper West, Northern, North East, Savannah and Western regions has seen strong opposition from the National Democratic Congress due to their affiliations with most towns along the border.
As a result, the party and its leader, John Mahama believe the move his a deliberate attempt from the government to intimidate the residents of the regions amid the new voter registration exercise.
But the President believes such notion of intimidation is misplaced.
“Let me state, without any form of equivocation, that these deployments are not in any way intended to intimidate or prevent eligible Ghanaians from registering to vote in December. They are there for their express purpose, which is to guard our borders. That is the limit of their remit, and they will not be permitted to stray beyond that remit,” he said.