Akufo Addo must speak on Gitmo detainees saga – Young Cadres

Accra, Jan. 12, GNA – The Young Cadres (YC) of National Democratic Congress, has requested the leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo to express his position on Government’s decision to accommodate the US Guantanamo detainees.

A statement copied to the GNA by Mr Bright Botchway, General Secretary of YC explained that it has been a week since news about Government’s decision to host some ex-detainees of the United States detention centre at Guantanamo Bay broke, yet the leader of the largest opposition party has been silent about it.

‘Varied opinions have been shared on government’s goodwill gesture, which was evidently borne out of a humanitarian need.’

The statement indicated that the leader of NPP has been silent on the issue and indirectly criticising Government’s decision through the party’s propagandists.

It expressed the need for Nana Akufo Addo’s to break his silence since he is angling to be the President of the country.

‘His credentials as a lawyer and his past position as Ghana’s Foreign Affairs Minister, which saw him at a point becoming the Chairman of the United Nations Security Council, makes his silence on such an issue highly deafening.

‘We are a young democracy and thus we learn from the relatively developed democracies of the West, like the United Kingdom.’

The statement said it is a common practice to hear the leader of the opposition party states his position on issues that attract the attention of the public.

It said the views of the NPP’s flag bearer on the resettlement of the Yemeni ex-convicts is a means of offering policy alternatives to government as a dependable opposition leader.


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