Ionic add platform android?

Please when i use ionic add platform android it automatically adds android with android target :android-22 please is there a way i can add a lower platform like with build target 14 or even lower .Please help My app is only building for higher versions of android and i don’t want that .

I have tried to edit the config.xml file also the androidManifest.xml but when i run ionic build android it automatically edits the minsdkversion to 16 each time and the building fails

Can someone really help me with a way of getting my ionic application build for a lower version i have been trying different method all day but it won’t work