General News of Thursday, 12 October 2017
Security Analyst, Dr. Kwesi Aning has said the disclosure by the Minority in Parliament of Ghanaians migrants joining the dreadful terrorist group — the Islamic State — in Libya is no news.
At least 100 Ghanaian joined the deadly terrorist group and according to the Minority, the figures were picked from a report from the Libyan government through its Attorney General.
Speaking to the media Tuesday in Parliament, the Minority spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa tasked the government to collaborate with its Libyan counterpart to address the issue before it escalates to Ghana.
According to him, the Ghanaian converts are “frontline fighters” for ISIS. “What is more unnerving; the special enquiry found that kidnappings of expatriates were mostly carried out by Islamic State foreign fighters from Ghana, Turkey, and Tunisia,” he said.
But in his reaction, Dr. Aning who is also the Director, Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) said on Starr Chat Wednesday that: “All this talk about fifty to one hundred Ghanaians who have joined ISIS, that is eighteen months old rubbish.”
“I have gotten so irritated the whole of today when people call me [to have my opinion on the minority’s claims]…I started telling my governing board about this eighteen months ago that there’s an army on the Sahara three thousand five hundred strong…being paid a $1500 to $3000 every month to come as foreign terrorist fighters and undermine states.
“When I hear that a member of parliament, parliamentarians are making noise, it raises fundamental questions…,” he told Starr Chat host Bola Ray.