The two Guantanamo Bay ex-detainees in Ghana in an exclusive interview with Uniq FM in Accra have assured Ghanaians that they will live peacefully with them.
The duo - Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby also allayed the fears of Ghanaians, saying they will not cause any harm.
According to them, they are not terrorists. “We want to thank the president and the good people of Ghana for the decision they made to accept us. We are not a part or against any group like Al Qaeda or other things. We do not belong to any part of them.”
“We have been wrongly arrested for 14 years without any charge against us. We have suffered, but we are not looking for revenge. We want to live in Ghana quiet and peacefully. And we want to put our lives together,” they added.
They also revealed that while at the Guantanamo Bay they supported the Black Stars and almost all the other inmates fell in love with the team, especially captain Asamoah Gyan.
“…. First of all is Asamoah Gyan, we know him, we like him very much…even a lot of [the] detainees … like Ghanaians and as I told someone here [earlier], in 2010 [during] the World Cup, most of the people there [Guantanamo Bay] – I can say all of us – we were with Ghana and when Ghana beat America, we were very happy,” Bin Atef said.