The two, Guantanamo detainees transferred to Ghana have for the first time since their arrival into the country spoken and their words are that of peace.
In their first speech on Uniq FM in Accra, the two, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby said, Ghanaians should relax as they seek peace since they only want to live in the country “peacefully” and nothing more than that.
“… but we are not looking for revenge. We want to live in Ghana quiet and peacefully. And we want to put our lives together. We are very happy for the warm reception that Ghana is known for. Ghanaians are very good people. We are very excited to come to Ghana because we know some of the things about Ghana,” they said.
According to the two, the perception of many Ghanaians that they belong to terrorist groups and that their presence in the country poses a huge risk to the lives of Ghanaians most of whom are vulnerable, is a wrong one. They claim, they were arrested wrongfully since they do not belong to any group, be it Al-Qaeda or any form of terrorist groupings.
“We are not part of any group for example Al-Qaeda or other things, we don’t belong to any part of them. We are healed, we want to live very normal lives. Allah bless you and the people of Ghana.”
The announcement of the transfer of the two Gitmo detainees into the country by the minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Madam Hannah Tetteh, sparked huge public outcry with many calling on the president to as a matter of urgency, return them to the pentagon.
The White House last week, in a statement on their website thanked Ghana for accepting the detainees in a “humane” manner as assured that the country would be supported in any way necessary in ensuring that the two do not get involved in any activities that would pose any security risk to Ghana and its citizens.
Their arrival has pushed many pressure groups and institutions to lash out at President Mahama for allowing such transfers into the country when the country is just preparing to head to the polls amidst high tension and brewing acts of vengeance.
The Christian Council of Ghana has also in a statement called on President Mahama to return the two Gitmo detainees since their presence in the country at this time in the country’s election years is far from right.