- Webster University lecturer says President Akufo Addo's campaign trail comments will com back to haunt him
- She says critics will expect the President to follow-through with his comments concerning the two former Gitmo detainees
Ms. Esther Armah, a journalist and lecturer at Webster University, has stated that comments President Nana Addo made on campaign trail in the run up to last year's general elections will come back to haunt him.
Speaking to Class FM World Affairs' Dr. Etse Sikanku, Ms. Esther Armah expressed that the current political climate in the United States, with the Trump administration's anti-terrorism immigration measures, would make a potential repatriation of the two an impossible prospect.
“Our current president was such a critic of what happened and said on the campaign trail that if he were in power he would send these two people back to the United States. Those words may literally come back to haunt him because the critics will now hold him to that account,” she said.
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She went on to say that the at this point in time, President Akufo Addo's critics will now hold him up to his words and expect him to follow through with his campaign trail comments.
Over the last couple of days reports emerged stating that Ghana's Supreme court, presided by Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo, ruled that the erstwhile Mahama administration's decision to admit two former Guantanamo Bay detainees prior to receiving parliamentary approval was unconstitutional, thereby making the two's presence in Ghana illegal.
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In a quick response to the Supreme Court's ruling, government, via Information Minister Mustapha Hamid, issued a statement saying that the two had been well behaved since the arrival to Ghana.
The statement also said that the two would continue to live under the supervision or Ghana's security services, and that "Government is going to take prompt steps to address the consequential orders. In the meantime, government is calling for calm among the populace on this matter,” it said.
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