Former Foreign Affairs Minister Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni has jumped to the defence of government over the decision to accommodate two ex-Guantanamo Bay detainees in the country.
The Mahama-led administration is struggling to convince an increasingly doubtful Ghanaian public that the presence of the former detainees will cause no harm to the country.
The two Yemenis are in the country at the instance of the US government. The Americans have assured the two pose no security threat to the nation.
Ghana’s opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo has backed numerous calls for the former terror suspects to be returned. Akufo-Addo has described the decision to accept them as illegal, accusing President Mahama of breaching the anti-terrorism act .
Commenting on the matter, the Secretary General of the African Caribbean and Pacific Nations told Starr News government did no wrong in granting humanitarian assistance to the two.
“Quite clearly, I think that terrorism is a global scourge and we must not make a mistake of seeing Ghana in seclusion from the entire globe. It’s a global scourge and we must see our security in the context of the whole world.
“…I believe that Government is very committed. And if government went into this discussion, into this conversation and eventually took the decision, they must really have done that having evaluated all the concerns, all the risks and having come to the conclusion that they were in the position to monitor these two individuals effectively for the two years to render them innocuous even if they were disposed to violence,” he said.
The former vice Presidential candidate of the ruling party also took on the opposition NPP for its stance on the matter.
“I think that they were just playing politics and they were overdoing it as a matter of fact. Clearly, they were not evaluating or looking at the issues purely from an objective stand point”.
He added also that the argument about the Interior minister being kept in the dark about the acceptance of the two detainees is moot.
“You see, a lot has also been made about that fact that the Interior minister said he was not part of the consultation leading to the decision… I think that’s neither here nor there. The president is the head of state, he is an executive president and he was fully in the know as he himself has justified”.