The Ghana Armed Forces and other security services on Wednesday went on a route march through some of the principal streets of Accra.

Vice Admiral Mathew Quarshie, the Chief of Defence Staff, said the march was a routine training activity to enhance operational readiness, foster inter-service cooperation and spirit-de-corps as well as maintaining physical fitness.

He said the activity was planned well in advance of any ongoing political or legal development in the country and appealed to Ghanaians and observers not to read any meanings into the exercise.

Vice Admiral Quarshie reminded the service personnel of their duty to protect the integrity of the state and the peace and stability the country is currently enjoying, adding, ?Without this condition, no meaningful development can ever be realized and we only risk self-destruction?.

He said as security personnel, their loyalty was first and foremost to the state, adding that this required that the services remained above the political fray at all times.

Vice Admiral Quarshie said the ongoing election petition at the Supreme Court demonstrated the collective determination and commitment as a nation to resolve differences and disagreements through civilized rather than primitive means of violence and strife.

He appealed to the parties involved in the election petition to go the next critical step of accepting the verdict of the Supreme Court and forge ahead together as one people with a common destiny and goal.

Vice Admiral Quarshie, on behalf of the security services, assured Ghanaians of an unshakable resolve to protect the integrity, peace, stability and security of the country, adding that no effort will be spared in doing so.

He congratulated Muslims for the month-long Ramadan fast and wished them happy Eid-ul-Fitr in advance.

Source: GNA

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