Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr.has called on the flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo to come out publicly and tell Ghanaians whether he was consulted in the Guantanamo move or not.
According to him, he finds it hard to believe that an opposition leader will not be briefed on issues of human interest when he has the potential of becoming a president of Ghana.
“I really want to know if indeed he was informed or not. I’m just confused that an opposition leader who can one day become a president will not be briefed. If he was then he should come out and tell us the truth” he stated.
The Christian Council of Ghana (CCG), Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC), the Presbyterian Church of Ghana and the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), as well as the Shia Muslim community in Ghana have all condemned the decision to host the two ex-detainees in Ghana.
President John Mahama, at a press conference asked the agitated Christian leaders to be compassionate toward Bin Atef and Al-Dhuby.
“The Bible instructs Christians to be compassionate to prisoners – that is even persons, who have been convicted – so, where is our faith-based compassion on these people, who have been detained for 14 years without trial and we can’t find it in our hearts to give them, at least, a chance to restart their lives?” he wondered.
A self acclaimed security expert, Irbard Ibrahim, claims Nana Addo was informed about the arrival of the two – Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby – six months ahead of their arrival in the country.
This assertion has been strongly rebuffed by the spokesperson of the presidential hopeful, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, who insisted Nana Akufo-Addo was not made aware until the two arrived in Ghana.
Kwesi Pratt, speaking on Radio Gold’s ‘Alhaji and Alhaji’ programme on Saturday, stressed the need for the NPP flagbearer to come out and clear the doubts in the minds of Ghanaians.