‘Gitmo Duo Not Monsters’ Irbard

The two Guantanamo Bay ex-detainees being housed in Ghana for two years are not monsters, security analyst Irbard Ibrahim has said.

“We are speaking as though these are some Frankenstein [monsters] that can just look you in the eye and then you’ll just be decimated,” Sheikh Ibrahim told Ekow Mensah-Shalders on Class91.3fm’s Executive Breakfast Show on January 13.

His comment is in response to fears being entertained by Ghanaians that the presence of Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby’s presence in the West African country – as part of a deal between the governments of the United States and Ghana – portends grave security implications for the country.

Christian groups, including the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG), Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) and the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC), have kicked against the move and asked President John Mahama to have the ex-detainees relocated. Mr Mahama has, however, defended the decision to accept the two. He told Journalists at the Flagstaff House on Tuesday that the deal will inure to Ghana’s benefit, as far as security is concerned.

Sheikh Ibrahim, who has also been allaying fears of Ghanaians over the matter said Wednesday that: “They are not prisoners here, so, they’ll not be stashed away at some safe house, they’ll have the ability to go the grocery, and they would do so under the strict surveillance of our security agencies …in concert with our American allies.

“They won’t take visitors yet, they can’t use the Internet, they don’t have access to mobile phones, as and when they want to speak to their relatives back home that will be done via a secured wire and that will be even eavesdropped upon by America. So, therefore, there’s no cause for alarm.”

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