The two ex-Guantanamo Bay ex-prisoners, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby in an exclusive interview with Uniq FM in Accra has broken the silence and revealed to the public how they feel about Ghanaians and how they are going to stay in the country.
Most precisely, they expressed great love for the Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan, who was discovered to be a household name that is so much loved by almost all the detainees at the Guantanamo Bay. As revealed by the ex-prisoners, this great love was sparked up when Asamoah Gyan’s goal saw the US losing to Ghana at the 2010 World Cup.
They further assured Ghanaians that they are no terrorists and has no ties with any terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda and the likes as rumoured by the media. They also said they have no intentions of revenge nor causing harm to anybody, rather, their plan is to live quietly and peacefully in Ghana for the specified period while putting their lives together after a long 14-year wrongful detention by the US.
Moreover, the two ex-prisoners expressed their happiness and gratitude for the warm reception they received in Ghana, pointing out that Ghanaians are good and polite people.
We want to live in Ghana quietly and peacefully and we want to put our lives together. We are really happy for the warm reception that Ghana has given us,” Atef and Al-Dhuby pointed out.
I like Ghanaian people because they are very good people, they are very polite, we are very, very excited to come here because we know some of the things about Ghana; first of all is Asamoah Gyan, we know him, we like him very much…even a lot of [the] detainees … like Ghanaians and as I told someone here [earlier], in 2010 [during] the World Cup, most of the people there [Guantanamo Bay] – I can say all of us – we were with Ghana and when Ghana beat America, we were very happy. We celebrated and told the guards that we won”, Atef added.
We want to thank the president and the good people of Ghana for the decision they made to accept us,” they said.
We are not a part or against any group like Al Qaeda or other things. We do not belong to any part of them.
We are here and want to live a normal life. We have been wrongly arrested for 14 years without any charge against us.
We want to live in Ghana quietly and peacefully. We are happy for the warm reception accorded to us,” they added.
Listen to the recorded audio below: