The dusts being raised by the acceptance of two ex-Guantanamo prisoners, believed to be former Al Qaeda terrorists by the government of Ghana is still going high in the air. A lot of opinions, for and against the matter have been given by both the small and great in Ghana. The latest one making waves now is coming from the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council.
The council is made up of various church leaders including Apostle Dr. Opoku Onyinah, Rev. Sam Korankye Ankrah, Rev. Paul Frimpong Manso and Most Rev. Charles Agyin Asare.
The General Secretary of the Council, Apostle Samuel Yaw Antwi further told Citi News, the decision to accept these detainees poses a major security threat to Ghanaians since “people connected to them may want to come to the country to follow up on them.”
Imagine something happens to these two people while they are here within the two years that has been quoted. What are going to be implications for Ghana? These are the issues that we need to look at and we see that as a risk. Their associated may come looking for them, anything might happen to them and will Ghana be exonerated? We don’t believe their being here will be in our supreme interest.”
In the same vein, the Ghana Union of Professional Students (GUPS) has described the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration’s decision to receive the two former detainees as reckless.
The Union is disappointed in the executive arm of government for taking a decision that does not serve the interest of students and Ghanaians at large. At a time when students have to grapple with high cost of tuition, and payment of utility bills, we believe government was ill-advised and plainly oligarchic in handling this sensitive matter that exposes students to risk,” the group noted in a statement signed by its President,Elorm Mawuli-Kwawu.
Mr. Mawuli-Kwawu also advised all students and Ghanaians at large to be cautious since in his view, the country’s security had been compromised by government’s move.
The Union condemns this ill action of the executive arm of government and advises all students to be security conscious and be on red alert as public safety is not assured because the two ex-detainees are described by the Pentagon and New York Times as men who pose high and medium risk to society.”
Still on the same issue, Mustapha Abdul Hamid, a lecturer at the Department of Religion and Human Values of the University of Cape Coast who spoke on the Citi Breakfast Show, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid said that central to the Jihadi ideology is the assertion that ‘a friend of your enemy is also your enemy’, hence, though Ghana, may have received them out of generosity, in the mind of a jihadist, Ghana becomes a legitimate target for attacks.
They may not have anything against Ghana as a nation, but they certainly do have something against America, especially so because America has confessed that it has no evidence for which it incarcerated them for 14 years. Source of Jihadist ideology is that the friend of your enemy is your enemy. That one is a non-negotiable aspect of the ideology that cuts across Al-Qaeda, Taliban, Al Shabaab and Boko Haram. So we have shown by this act, which we believe to be an act of generosity and compassion but in their mind it is an act of complicity in the sense that we have shown ourselves to be an ally to America,” he explained.
He went on to counter the foreign minister, Hannah Tetteh’s repeated assurances to the Ghanaian populace that the US said the two ex-prisoners pose no security threat to the nation. He argued that she is ignorant of radical Islam ideologies.
She is either genuinely ignorant or she is being mischievous or she is just pandering to the whims of the Americans.”
Read US Grateful to Ghana for Accepting ex-Guantanamo Terrorists, Detainee Expresses Joy for more information about the ex-Guantanamo prisoners who are currently receiving humanitarian assistance in the country, and will be here for a specified period of two years.