President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has admonished military personnel to eschew partisan politics in the discharge of their duties.
He said it was imperative that the military becomes insulated from contentious partisan politics, irrespective of which constitutionally elected authority was in power.
“We must all be grateful to the Almighty that there is now a firm and widespread consensus in our country that the military takes its powers from the elected civilian government….We do not want NPP soldiers, nor do we want NDC soldiers. We want Ghanaian soldiers, who will serve any government, duly elected by the Ghanaian people, with equal zeal and loyalty,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo gave the advice on Friday when he held his maiden durbar, as Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, with officers and other ranks of the Armed Forces in Accra.
Touching on the role of technology, he told the military to be mindful of social media.
“The ubiquitous smart phone means that your every word and your every action is likely to be recorded for broadcast. Members of the military would do well also to remember this,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo also urged the hierarchy of the military to review constantly some of the practices that used to define the military.
“What would have passed for and been acceptable as rough language and punishment is intolerable in today’s world, and should be discarded, no matter how attractive it might have been in a bygone era. The reality of social media must always be kept in mind and ways to adapt found, rather than hark to the old days when the affairs of the barracks were kept strictly in the barracks,” he added.