Mustapha Abdul Hamid, a lecturer at the Department of Religion and Human Values of the University of Cape Coast says Ghanaians must be alarmed by the decision of government to keep the two former Guantanamo Bay detainees despite wide public outcry.
According to Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, central to the Jihadi ideology is the assertion that a friend of your enemy is also your enemy, hence, though Ghana, may have received them out of generosity, in the mind of a jihadist, Ghana becomes a legitimate target for attacks.
There has been a massive public uproar over a decision by government to host two ex-Guantanamo detainees in the Ghana.
Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid said contrary to what the government wants the public to believe, the radical ideologies which led to the incarceration of these two may have been accentuated in the time they spent at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre.
“They may not have anything against Ghana as a nation, but they certainly do have something against America, especially so because America has confessed that it has no evidence for which it incarcerated them for 14 years. Source of Jihadist ideology is that the friend of your enemy is your enemy.
That one is a non-negotiable aspect of the ideology that cuts across Al-Qaeda, Taliban, Al Shabaab and Boko Haram. So we have shown by this act, which we believe to be an act of generosity and compassion but in their mind it is an act of complicity in the sense that we have shown ourselves to be an ally to America,” he explained.
Hanna Tetteh Ignorant
Following the decision to host the ex-detainees, the Foreign Affairs Minister, Hanna Tetteh had explained that they had received assurances from the United States government that the two detainees are harmless and they pose no security threat to Ghana. Meanwhile, Mustapha Hamid argued that the Foreign Affairs Minister, Hanna Tetteh is ignorant about radical Islam ideologies.
“She is either genuinely ignorant or she is being mischievous or she is just pandering to the whims of the Americans.”
He challenged the Minister to provide evidence on how the Americans were able to disorient the ex-detainees of their radical ideologies. “Which disorientation school did they send them to?
Because if you say they are no longer dangerous what it means is that they have been weaned out of this fundamentalist ideologies.…did they have a process where there had Islamic scholars and leaders were giving them better orientation on what the true Islamic ideology is?
We don’t have such evidence,” he charged.