The New Patriotic Party (NPP) in opposition, registered concerns and even promised to repatriate the two Guantanamo Bay detainees, who were brought into the country by the previous administration.
Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby, were brought into the country, under a special arrangement between the government of Ghana and the United States of America (USA).
President John Dramani Mahama, was accused by the opposition NPP of making the country unsafe, when he agreed to host the two detainees.
Some elements of the NPP, took the matter to the Supreme Court, challenging the legality of that action. The Supreme Court in its ruling on June 22, upheld that, the government, should have sought parliamentary approval before agreeing to the deal and has thus, directed the government to ratify the agreement or send the detainees back to where they came from.
The NPP, which criticized the action of the previous administration are now in government and have a unique opportunity to send the two back, but has beaten retreat and gone to parliament for the House to ratify the agreement for the two, who were described as dangerous to continue living with us.
Our politicians must take a principle and stick by it. It is shameful that what they say and do vary at different times, depending on where they find themselves.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has called on the NPP, to apologise to president Mahama and Ghanaians for their double standard.
We at The Herald, couldn’t agree more with him, for calling on president Akufo-Addo, who issued a statement to distance himself from the whole agreement, when in fact we were later to learn that he was consulted prior to their coming.
What has changed that, after two years, the NPP, sees nothing wrong with the two being in the country. An apology is not only necessary, but appropriate as we seek to deepen our democracy.