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Akufo- Addo’s assertion that there are Russian mercenaries on Ghana’s border with Burkina Faso has MPs worried.

The public statement made by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo about the deployment of Russian mercenaries on Ghana’s border with Burkina Faso has alarmed South Dayi Member of Parliament Rockson Nelson Dafeamekpor.

According to him, Mr. Akufo-Addo gave foreign countries access to what looked to be the contents of sensitive security briefings.

“As an MP and a Citizen, I’m terribly worried about the laissez faire manner the President revealed what appears to be contents of classified security briefings on Burkina Faso to a foreign power in this video. More worried about how Russia will react. Are we still a Non-Aligned Nation?” Mr Dafeamekpor said.

According to reports, Russian soldiers have been employed by the temporary Burkinabe government to aid in the nation’s war against terrorism.

Apollinaire Joachim Kyélem de Tambèla, the interim prime minister of Burkina Faso, is rumoured to have travelled to Russia to broker this agreement.

According to reports, the mercenaries have been given the south of the nation.

On the eve of the US-African Leaders’ Summit on Wednesday, President Akufo-Addo met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and referred to the situation as “distressing” for Ghana.

“Today, Russian mercenaries are on our northern border,” he said.

“Burkina Faso has now entered into an arrangement to go AWOL with Mali in employing the Wagner forces there. I believe the mines in southern Burkina have been allocated to them as a form of payment for their services. Prime Minister of Burkina Faso in the last 10 days has been in Moscow.

“And to have them operating on our northern border is particularly distressing for us in Ghana. Apart from not accepting the idea of great powers, once again making Africa the theatre of operation, we are particular about our position you know about the Ukraine war where we have been very very vocal and upfront about condemning the invasion by Russia and therefore there now to have this group on our borders is a matter of some considerable disquiet and concern for us.”

He claimed there were explanations for why the sub-regional organisation ECOWAS chose to assume control of the coups in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Guinea.

One of them is to avoid a situation, like the one that currently exists between Burkina Faso and the mercenaries.

According to President Akufo-Addo, he was merely alerting Secretary Blinken to the situation.

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