The young man who prides himself as security expert, Irbard Ibrahim, is shying away from what qualifies him to bear that title.
He has been described by some media houses as not only a security expert, but also Islamic cleric and international relations expert – a claim that has given him the opportunity to share his opinions on very sensitive matters because of his supposed expertise.
Sometime last week, DAILY GUIDE approached him over the subject after some people, including Islamic scholar, Shaykh Mustapha Hamid, a senior lecturer at the Cape Coast University, had questioned his credentials; but Irbard declined to comment because he claimed he was under no obligation to respond to the enquiries, even though he enjoys the fame that comes with them (credentials).
That was after his defence of government’s decision to bring in two former detainees from the infamous Guantanamo Bay detention camp had sparked rage in the country amidst wide condemnations.
A day after DAILY GUIDE’s publication, the young man, who sources said works with one of the Islamic embassies in Ghana, ran away from a similar question on Accra-based Okay FM in an attempt to save his credibility.
On the question of how he should be addressed in view of the doubts raised about his credibility, he said he is just Irbard Ibrahim and that he does not need to write a dissertation on security or international relations before he can speak on issues bothering on same.
“How many dissertations or thesis I have written on such topics or the years of experience have I gotten working is a non-issue and I’ll not glorify it,” he told host of the radio programme.
Interestingly however, this time round he indicated, “I’m a security person; there is no need telling you I work with the M16.”
Like a man with a punctured ego, he stated with some level of bitterness that “if Ghanaians do not value the quality of information I have because of my interaction with people across the world and people in security circles don’t ask me how old I am, then we would keep whatever information we have to our chest.
“You don’t know me, you don’t know what diplomatic missions I’m working with and yet you write such things about me on facebook.” Irbard bluffed, “I’m a patriotic young man who wants to serve my nation in the best capacity. We judge people by their competence and not age. Where America and France among others have gone wrong, I have lambasted them; the international press cover my opinion…I sit on panels with renowned people, nobody asked me a question of how old I am because the world has moved on. You can’t be living in the stone age.”
He said, “Where the current government has gone wrong, I have descended heavily on it; I have called this government names based on the high unemployment rate among the youth.”
Irbad had found himself in a quagmire over his open pronouncement that the main opposition leader, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, was consulted by the United States officials six months before the Guantanamo Bay suspected Al-Qaeda detainees were deported to Ghana for a two-year stint.
It has however, turned out that Nana Akufo-Addo was only informed on January 6, 2016 – a day before the arrival of the Al-Qaeda foot-soldiers, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby in Ghana.
Irbad had refused to provide further and better particulars about his allegation since aides to Nana Addo rubbished his (security expert) claim, leaving the unfounded allegation to hang.
By Charles Takyi-Boadu