20 January 2016

Ghana: Mahama Has Breached Terrorism Act - Nana

Kumasi — THE PRESIDENTIAL Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo has stated that President Mahama has breached the laws of Ghana for allowing the two Guantanamo Bay detainees - Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby -to enter the country under special arrangement with the US government.

According to him, the development is yet another case of leadership failure by the President of the Republic and a sad example of his belief that he is answerable to no one, not even to the laws of the Republic, like section 35 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (Act 762), which he has sworn to uphold.

Nana Addo said the law prohibits the transaction President Mahama has entered into with the US government and that the conduct of the president is lawlessness at the highest levels.

Section 35 (1) of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2008 (Act 762), states that; "The Director of Immigration or an officer authorised by the Director shall not grant an endorsement or authority to permit a person to enter this country if there are reasonable grounds to suspect that the person is, will or has been involved in the commission of a terrorist act."

Continuing Nana Addo said: "I would have wished that he (President) had found it worthy to consult both of our two former national leaders before he took this grave decision that has consequences for us all, since he claims that only former President Rawlings and Kufuor have the right to criticize him."

The Presidential hopeful who made this statement at Wa, whilst paying tribute to Alhaji Alhassan Bin Salih, said Ghana was being led by a President who, ostensibly in the name of compassion, prefers to ignore laws designed to defend the most sensitive area of our nation's security.

Nana Addo revealed that if Alhaji Bin Salih were around today, he would be horrified at some of the careless language being employed by some in the discussions on resettlement in our country of former Guantanamo Bay detainees.

Alhaji Bin Salih stood not just for the New Patriotic Party, he stood and fought for the peace and integrity of Ghana and believed in religious tolerance. Nana Addo said, "Bin Salih was a source of good counsel and unfailing inspiration to many of us, the younger adherents of the tradition and will never forget the constant encouragement he gave me in my political career."

He remained firm in his conviction that the New Patriotic Party had the best programme for the development of the country. Nana Addo said he was a permanent feature of the leadership of the New Patriotic Party from National Executive Committee, through to the National Council and a member of the Upper West Regional Council of Elders.

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