The public outcry surrounding the relocation of two Guantanamo Bay ex-inmates, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammed Salih Al-Dhuby, to Ghana has taken an interesting twist following the duo’s open confession of love for Black Stars skipper Asamoah Gyan and Ghana football.
The two Yemeni nationals arrived on January 7 following an agreement between the Ghanaian government and the United States, much to the dismay of many locals, who feel the deal could expose the West African country to terror attacks.
“We are really happy for the warm reception that Ghana has given us,” Atef told GBC Radio.
“I like Ghanaians because they are very good people, they are very polite. We’re very excited to come here because we know some of the things about Ghana.
“First of all is Asamoah Gyan. We know him. We like him very much. A lot of the detainees like Ghanaians.
“As I earlier told someone here, during the 2010 World Cup, most of the people there [Guantanamo Bay] – I can say all of us – were with Ghana and when Ghana beat America, we were very happy.
“We celebrated and told the guards that ‘we’ won.”
Among the numerous organisations that have petitioned the Ghanaian authorities to reconsider their decision is the Christian Council of Ghana, which claims that the duo could have ‘Al Qaeda ties’, thereby putting the country at risk.
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