Author: Office of Nana Akyea Mensah, The Odik
Date: 2010-11-23 13:05:49
Comment to: OFUI AKYEA
THE OFFICE OF THE ODIKRO.
a companion of the black star,
Dear Justice Sarpong,
I have been instructed by the Odikro to extend to you his fraternal greetings!
NPP is a disgrace! The USA-NPP branch is a good example!
Why did they call for the arrest of Kwesi Pratt?
"The US branch of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have called for the arrest and prosecution of the Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper, Mr Kwesi Pratt Jnr. for peddling falsehood that the US government was scheming to control the country's newly found oil resources."
"Kwesi Pratt's causing of fear and panic by peddling falsehoods should not only be ignored by discerning public, but must be prosecuted, especially since this government has made it its mantra to prosecute similar statements in the public domain", the group maintained.
According to the group, in a recent panel discussion on Radio Gold's Alhaji and Alhaji political programme, Mr. Kwesi Pratt claimed that there is a grand conspiracy by the United States to gain control of Ghana's oil resource through the establishment of its military base in the country.
What Exactly Did Kwesi Say?
"USA Is Ready To Kill And Destroy For Ghana's Oil... NPP Is Supporting Them!"
A Transcription of the Statement by Mr. Kwesi Pratt, Jnr.
The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation has said that it is interested in buying the 23 per cent stake of Kosmos in the Jubilee Field. It is not, as it were, extracting that stake from Kosmos. Kosmos itself says, "We want out, we want to sell."
The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation says, "We want to buy it."
Kosmos says, "We will not sell to Ghana. We will sell it to another American company."
The whole of the US establishment is mounting monumental pressure on our government to cave in to US demands. Christian Council is quiet, Bar Association is quiet. New Patriotic Party is supporting Kosmos against Ghana. I mean, this is incredible! You cannot believe it my brother, it's incredible!
Kosmos has violated the laws of Ghana with impunity. They have made data, that we have paid more than 300 million dollars collecting - the GNPC expenditure on collecting seismic data and so on, cost the Ghanaian tax payer, more than 300 million dollars - Kosmos takes the data and distributes it free of charge in order to promote its interests, in order to ensure that it gets more money for its shares.
This matter is raised, and the very people who are making noises about our oil revenue, K.T. Hammond, New Patriotic Party, all these World-Bank-and-IMF-funded so-called NGOs! They are supporting Kosmos in this, against the people of Ghana. And they are the same people making noises about oil revenue. I mean, it is incredible!
I don't know how many people have read "The Cheney Report", the Cheney Report on America's strategic interests in West African Oil? I don't know how many people have read it. Now, if you have read the Cheney Report..., you know, when George Bush became President in 2001, one of his first acts was to establish a committee which would determine the US strategic energy interests and so on.
That committee was chaired by Dick Cheney, his Vice President, and they've written a very interesting Report. The Report says that, given all the turmoil, the social, political and economic turmoil in the Middle east and the Persian Gulf and other places, The Report said at the time that the US was importing around 11 per cent of its total oil requirements from West Africa. Eleven to twenty five per cent in ten years!
So let us open our eyes. Let us listen to the world - what is happening what is happening in the world! The major threat to us is the conspiracy by some of the Western powers, especially the United States of America, to control our oil resources. And don't you make a mistake, military bases are not established for picnics! Military bases are established for the purposes of killing and destruction, and not for organising picnics!
So what the US is saying is that they are ready to kill, to maim, and destroy, in order to control our oil resources. And our churches, our Bar Association, and the so-called elders in society are quibbling about whether we should put our money in the bank or spend it! They are not thinking about how to control the resource. The are thinking about what to do with the crumbs which fall from the table of the big powers. That is what they are thinking about!
I think that the first and most important thing that any citizen of Ghana who loves his country has to do is to ensure that the oil belongs to us, and we control it, and we exploit and utilize it on behalf of our people, especially the disadvantaged.
Now, we all know the reaction of the USA-NPP is the most stupid in town, so show us what you've got!
I avail myself of this opportunity, to extend to you, on behalf of the Odikro, Nana Akyea Mensah II, the assurances of our highest consideration.
Secretary to the Odikro, Nana Akyea Mensah II,
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