President Akufo-Addo, last week announced the appointment of Rear Admiral Seth Amoama, as the New Chief of Defence Staff to replace Lieutenant General Obed Akwa.
His appointment has been seen by many as a move to reengineer the security architecture of the nation, which has lost its focus and respect among its peers.
The military, which is the last resort to call upon, when things get out of hand since 2017, has become the first to be called in, to deal with internal security issues.
The country has been militarized, making nonsense of the internal security outfits like the police, Immigration and CEPs.
The recent involvement of officers of the Ghana Armed Forces in galamsey activities, by providing security those engage in illegal mining to the extent of clashing of the task force commissioned by the president, further dents the enviable image and record of the service.
In our considered opinion, the outgoing CDS, Lieutenant General Obed Akwa, has not acquitted himself creditably. Under him the military became a laughing stock, with civilians daring to attack officers in uniform, something they would not dare try in the past.
The Ghana Armed Forces lost its pearl; it was no longer the fearful and dreadful military that we all grew up respecting, it was at some time hired to the highest bidder for all manner of jobs.
The urgency of the moment demands that the new CDS hit the ground running. Ghanaians, expect him to clean the army and recall those who are out on unlawful duties back to the barracks.
He should weed out all the bad nuts, whose action is earning the service a bad name.
With the lost of focus and reverence among the comity of nations, it is obvious that the new CDS and other service Chiefs, have their work already cut out for them. The expectations of Ghanaians are high and the reasons are not far-fetched.