Yesterday the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie, opened the gates of Burma Camp to the media in a bid to mend the damaged bridge linking the two.
There could not have been a better way of restoring what had been, until recently, a cordial relationship between officers and men in the colours and their pen-wielding compatriots in the media.
The backlash of the assault on two photographers by some unruly soldiers almost undid the gains made by the military and the Minister of Defence under Dr. Addo-Kufuor when they mounted a deliberate action to annihilate the negative impression most Ghanaians have about the military, which was a baggage of the revolutionary years in the country?s history.
It was the CDS? first major PR assignment since he assumed office which is an unfortunate irony since the anomaly took place at a time when he was not even the CDS.
But be it as it may, it is his duty to manage such a challenge since he is now the First Gentleman of the military; something which he did to the satisfaction of the media representation at the meeting yesterday.
We were witnesses to the reception accorded the media during the interaction and have no cause to doubt the sincerity of the CDS and the military he heads.
We are glad that the military have expressed remorse about the incident and are even ready to consider a compensation for the victims of the assault.
It was instructive to hear the CDS refer to the antecedents of the military, which as we all know, was steeped in brutality.
This is something the military must work towards to eventually confine it to the dustbin of history by ensuring that officers and men present themselves as good envoys of not only the military but the whole country of which they are a critical part.
We do not seek to recount the nasty incident of March 6, but wish that the prayer of the CDS comes to pass, which is that it should not happen again.
It is regrettable that such isolated yet serious occurrences do impugn the integrity of our beloved military; the only institution which bears the flag of our country.
It is our hope that sincerity would envelope the interaction which came off yesterday at Burma Camp, the defence hub of the country, so that civilians and the military would trust each other.
As a disciplined institution, the Armed Forces should be the last to be seen to be engaging in such inappropriate conduct.
What was disturbing was the fact that one of those involved in the misconduct was an officer, who as a gentleman should have managed the situation better than he did.
We are pleased, however, that at the end of it all, the CDS has gone beyond press releases to host the media with a promise to repeat such interactions so that the two institutions can understand each other better and join hands in national development.