The Africa Center for Security and Counter-terrorism (ACSC) has been following with keen interest the recent transfer of two Guantanamo Bay detainees of Yemeni descent to Ghana and the subsequent national debate that it has generated. The two Yemeni Guantanamo detainees, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby have been temporarily relocated to Ghana with the understanding that they will be repatriated to their native Yemen when conditions there permit in the near future.
ACSC has noted with studied observation the position of some Ghanaians that the two Yemenis pose a security risk to Ghana as their presence will draw attraction to Ghana and put the country on the radar of terrorists. While those who profess this view do so for the interest of Ghana and Ghanaians, the ACSC is appealing to Ghanaians to go beyond emotions and let us dispassionately examine the issues at stake.
Ghana’s action of providing temporary residence to the two Yemenis