File photo: Alban Bagbin and with his military personnel
The Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has lambasted the country’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo, for withdrawing his military protection.
In an engagement with the media over the weekend, Mr. Bagbin complained that Mr. Akufo-Addo were being hypocritical about his protection.
According to him, “When I was second deputy Speaker, the Office of the same President approved his staff sergeant to be my military attaché. For four good years, the staff sergeant was with me.”
He added that “Now, I’ve been elected as the Speaker, which is a higher position, and the same president says I’m not entitled to military attachment.”
It would be recalled that in January 2022, President Akufo-Addo, the Chief of Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces withdrew military officers attached to the Speaker on grounds that they were attached “without proper procedure.”
Military personnel attached to Mr. Bagbin’s office were withdrawn effective January 14, this year.
A letter written to Mr. Bagbin had revealed that efforts were being made to regularise their attachment, something that has still not been done.