The Spokesperson for the National Chief Imam, Sheik Aremeyaw Shaibu has lambasted the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG) for their stiff position against the housing of the two Guantanamo ex detainees in Ghana.
He described the council as “Xenophobic” – and questioned the Christianity in them – “Why can’t they show love to our Muslim brothers?”
The Christian Council of Ghana challenged the government to come clean on the Guantanamo Bay ex-detainees transfer deal with the US.
The John Mahama-led administration brokered a deal with the Obama government to house two ‘high risk’ ex detainees of the dreaded prison camp in Ghana over a period of two years.
The Council expressed worry over the pact which has been shrouded in secrecy – “The whole process lacks transparency,” the CCG pointed out in a statement.
“We are of the strongest view that, the inadequate public consultation and broader consensus building by government is exposing our nation and the entire sub-region to terrorist attack, and must be reversed,” the Council noted.
“According to FoxNews, one of the two prisoners brought from Guantanamo Bay to Ghana, in the person of Bin Atef “is an admitted member of the Taliban and fought for Usama bin Laden, while [the other] Al-Dhuby trained with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan,” the statement added.
But speaking on NEAT FM’s morning show dubbed Ghana Montie, Sheik Aremeyaw Shaibu maintained that the Islamic fraternity is well pleased that the two ex detainees are in Ghana – he further insisted that they are not terrorists as claimed.
“Even if they [Detainees] were to be Christians, we [Muslims] would accept them here, so why can’t the Christians? I will urge all Christians to rather welcome these detainees. They are not terrorists,” he noted.
To him, the brouhaha surrounding the detainees for the past few days is “intolerant” – “Ghanaians and Christians must demonstrate the love Christ gave them. They must demonstrate that love beyond themselves.
That is what I am expecting from the Christians and not this intolerance.”
Sheik Aremeyaw Shaibu angrily questioned – “Are Christians clean?” – adding that, “They should prove to us.”
He was also emphatic that – “Ghana is not a Christian country, the Christians dominate but this country is not a christian country.”