Ghana’s National Security Begins Probe Into ISIS Recruitment Reports
A national security task force is investigating reports about a number of Ghanaians purported to have joined the Islamic State (ISIS).
According to Minister for the Interior, Mr. Mark Owen Woyongo the task force would make its recommendations on the way forward in the wake of the new development.
Although Mr. Woyongo could not state the number of youth who have decided to join the group, he called on parents to monitor the movement of their children.
He said parents have a responsibility to ensure that their children are not indoctrinated into joining such organizations.
He further advised Muslim clerics to educate and sensitize Muslims, especially the youth, during Friday congregational prayers.
Mr Woyongo said the image of the country, might be dented within the global community, as this development puts the country in a bad light.
“The dangers posed to the nation,” Mr Woyongo observed, “included being a target of potential recruitment for those groups.”
Asked whether corruption and bad governance was a justified reason given by some youth for joining the groups, he said some propositions were defeatist and did not make sense.
He said corruption is not a new phenomenon and therefore, its justification as the basis for joining extremist groups is flawed.
Mr Woyongo further advised that it is better to stay in one’s country to champion the cause of democracy, rather than belonging to these movements as a means of addressing their grievances.
He also called on Ghanaians to keep their ears on the ground and report the conduct of any group that owes allegiance to such groups.
Nazir Nortei Alema, 25, a graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), who is reported to have joined ISIS in Iraq or Syria, has become a topic for discussion in the Ghanaian media.
Reports on his move to join the group went t viral, as some reports revealed Alema had informed his family of his decision in a text message.
Culled from Ghanaian Times