The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has condemned President John Mahama over his decision to allow two Guantanamo Bay detainees linked to Osama Bin Ladin’s Al-Qaeda terrorist group into the country.
President Mahama addressing the media on Tuesday in Accra made a compassionate appeal to Ghanaians to have mercy on the two suspected terrorists who have been ‘smuggled’ into Ghana against the will of the masses.
But the Progressive People’s Party in a statement signed by its National Secretary, Murtala Mohammed said the presence of the two former detainees – Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby in the country poses threat to national security, asking the President “to come clean on the political reasoning and justification for imposing these prisoners on Ghana.”
The party described Mr. Mahama’s appeal to Ghanaians to allow the two suspected terrorists into the country as a well-calculated attempt by the President to hide behind the veil of religion to loot the masses, urging all sound-thinking Ghanaians not to entertain the President’s propaganda over the matter.
“…This propagandist and holier than thou attitude of the President regarding the GITMO prisoners cannot hold. It is but an excuse as usual by a politician to hide behind the veil of religion, looting the masses with impunity. Ghana is a secular country governed by the rule of law not emotions and religious biases.”
Since news broke that the NDC government had signed an agreement with the US to bring the GITMO prisoners into Ghana, there has been huge public outrage, with many asking the government not allow them into the country for security reasons.
But at a press conference in Accra on Tuesday to mark his third anniversary in office, Mr. Mahama gave the assurance that the presence of the two suspected terrorists poses no security threat to the country, saying “We don’t have anything to fear from them. As Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, the safety and security of this country is of the greatest concern to me probably more than any Ghanaian; I will not take any decision that will jeopardise the security of this country because it’s my duty to ensure that this country is safe.”
On the performance of President Mahama on the country’s economy, the PPP expressed disappointment, saying the President gave an “unimpressive account” for his “seven-year stewardship” at the press conference on Tuesday.
The PPP believed Mr. Mahama “used the press conference to make excuses and blame all others except himself for the current challenges his government is facing, especially Corruption, Excessive Taxation, Utility Price Hikes, Micro Finance Fraud, Power Crisis, Education and National Security. Governments are voted into office to solve the many challenges that bedevil the progress and development of the people,” asking him (Mahama) to put an end to the blame game and focus on addressing the mess he has caused the national economy.
BY Melvin Tarlue