The 500 dismissed army recruits threaten to join ISIS if they are not reconsidered…
500 Ghanaian army recruits who were sacked in 2015 for alleged insubordination at a parade, have threatened to join terrorists groups ISIS and Boko Haram if they are not recalled. According to reports, the threat follows what the soldiers termed unfair treatment, after they were unceremoniously shown the door at boot camp.
According to reports, the recruits were dismissed after they were accused of complaining about the daunting training sessions in training school. The recruits have however defended themselves, claiming that even though some of their colleagues were found wanting by the instructors, they never found the training to be too difficult, as stated by the leadership of the training school.
They further added that they were dismissed wrongly due to others that were being considered, contrary to claims that they were not qualified. Citing injustice, the recruits said they qualified but have been dismissed wrongly as a result of other considerations, instead of their inability to complete the required training.
The 500 dismissed army recruits threaten to join ISIS, giving an ultimatum at which they will rescind their threats if they are recalled into the army training school. According to their spokesperson Frank Antwi, militant groups ISIS and Boko Haram, have contacted them through voice note, saying they have read about their story online, and are ready to help them. He continued that if authorities re-visit the issue and find the real culprits of the incident that led to their dismiss, they will turn the militants down.
There have been different reactions from stakeholders across the globe concerning the disturbing issue. Dr. Nicholas Nii Okine, a Security Expert and Assistant Director at the New York University has attempted to wade into the situation. Condemning the situation, he recommended that National Peace Council and the intelligence agencies step in.
According to him, the recruits should be counselled and re-integrated so they can perform their duties for the state, as failure to do so might be disastrous, considering the dangerous threats.