The National Chief Imam Sheikh Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu is calling on all Ghanaians to accept the decision by government to bring in the two Guantanamo Bay detainees into the country.
According to spokesperson of the Chief Imam, Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu, Ghanaians must be there to offer helping hand to men who have had their humans rights violated , integrated into the society.
“On humanitarian grounds it is possible for us to be able to reintegrate any person that has a history of crime, but once that person has given up his criminal attribute, his humanity must be respected… Our religion considers that, compassion to anyone who is in need is a duty,” he said.
He opined that the detainees are only looking for a place to change their lives, “I think it is important we give consideration to that”.
Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu concluded that based on what the detainees said in an interview they granted to the media; we are satisfied by those explanations, and we appreciate the government’s compassion, we appreciate the fairness of government,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Chief Imam’s spokesperson has described the Christian council as “Xenophobic” – and questioned the Christianity in them – “Why can’t they show love to our Muslim brothers?”
Three major Christian groups — the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference (GCGC), the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG) and the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) - have asked the government to demonstrate that it is a listening one by sending the two former Guantanamo Bay prisoners back to where they came from.
Speaking on NEAT FM’s morning show dubbed Ghana Montie, Sheik Aremeyaw Shaibu said he sides with the president on the position he has taken relating to this matter.
"The impression is being created that...they are of a certain brand. But they have not been accused...the president has been clear and succinct on this matter, and yet we've this kind of reaction...and that is what pains my heart....They're human beings; they've a right to life...they've a right to human dignity, they need a place to put their lives together...I agree with the president on the position he has taken," he indicated.