Hiplife artiste Barima Sidney has called on Ghanaians to channel their efforts into helping solve the many challenges bedeviling the nation rather than concentrating on the two gitmo detainees.
Barima mentioned that efforts and strength should rather go into finding solutions for the rising fuel prices, fixing the energy crisis and getting a credible voter’s register for the upcoming elections.
According to the controversial singer, he does not see anything wrong with Ghana providing a home for the two ex-gitmo detainees. Barima Sidney considers the hype over the two detainees not necessary
“If the Guantanamo detainees are threat to Ghana why do Ghanaians still travel abroad – there are more terrorists in the countries Ghanaians travel to. I don’t see anything so fearful with the two ex-Gitmo detainees - opposition parties should rather talk about issues that will help develop the nation - what is Gitmo 2”, ,” Barima Sidney told Mike 2 on Adom Entertainment Hall.
The “Africa Money” hit singer thinks Ghanaians should trust in the government’s assurance that they have the necessary security measures in place so there is no cause for alarm.
Meanwhile, President John Mahama has told Ghanaians that the two ex-Gitmo detainees were the most compliant at Gitmo and are of low risk, several reports, including one from WikiLeaks however indicate one is a high-risk detainee and the other is a medium risk detainee.
It was on the basis of those reports that the US Congress and Senate, following the will of the American people, refused President Barack Obama’s move to send any of the ex-Gitmo detainees to American soil.
According to an article in the US-based Wall Street Journal, President Obama’s task force report on the two indicate they were never cleared and freed from detention, but were tagged as “ready for transfer” and their coming to Ghana was deemed as “conditional detention”.
Foreign Affair Minister, Hannah Tetteh was reported as saying Ghana is now looking for more information on the two, because “the US did not show us the Wikileaks report which said the two are of high-security risk”. The uncertainties about the Gitmo detainees have cause apprehension among Ghanaians.