The debate over the so-called Gitmo Two- Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby- continues unabated and is likely to pop up in local discussions for a while to come.
There has been huge clamouring for the NPP flagbearer, Nana Akuffo-Addo, to make his stance on the issue known. And although his spokesperson clarified that by saying Nana is against the deal, he went a step further when speaking about it himself at a function.
Speaking at a tribute in honour of the late Alhaji Alhassan Bin Salih held in Wa on Tuesday, Nana condemned the President and the decision he took, calling it as not only lawless, but a manisfestation of his belief that he is answerable to no one.
“Lawlessness at the highest level of the state cannot produce good governance,” he said.
“It is a sad example of his belief that he is answerable to no one, not even to the laws of the Republic, like s.35 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (Act 760), which, as President, he is sworn to uphold.”
Nana Addo added, somewhat sarcastically, that since the President claims only former holders of his office can criticise him- he at least should have consulted John Kuffour and Jerry Rawlings.
“Since he claims that only Presidents Rawlings and Kufuor have the right to criticize him, I would have wished that he had found it worthy to consult both of our two former national leaders before he took this grave decision that has consequences for us all.
“If he had done so, Ghanaian people may well have been spared the disquieting anxiety, in this time of justifiably heightened fear of global terrorism, that we are being led by a President who, ostensibly in the name of compassion, prefers to ignore laws designed to defend the most sensitive area of all, our nation’s security.” He continued.
Government has come under severe criticism for accepting to house two former inmates of the US terrorist prison at Guantanamo Bay, with Ghanaians almost universally kicking against the deal.
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