National Security allays fears about ISIS

•    Mr. Yaw Donkor — National Security Co-ordinator

• Mr. Yaw Donkor — National Security Co-ordinator

IN the wake of some Ghanaian youths running to join terrorist groups, the National Security has asked Ghanaians to remain calm as it is collaborating with inter-national security agencies to clamp down on potential recruits.

It also implored Ghanaians to have confidence in the nation’s security apparatus to deal expressly with the latest development.

The National Security Coordinator, Mr. Yaw Donkor, made the call at a high-level meeting with a select print media houses in Accra on Thursday.

He said there was “no cause for alarm because the Ghanaian security is on top of issues”.

Another Ghanaian by the name Rafik, is also confirmed by the Coordinator to have joined the group of innocent people who do not ascribe to their beliefs.

This move by Rafik comes a few days, after it had been confirmed that a graduate of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology had left this country to join that extremist group.

The National Security Coordinator also hinted that Nigerien, Burkinabe and Nigerian nationals are also believed to be among the new recruits.

Mr. Donkor who expressed worry at the trend, observed that social media and many other platforms were used as recruitment avenues.

He was worried that graduates from tertiary institutions were the targets of the terrorist groups, and called for a legislation to deter people from joining the group.

He said mouth-watering packages such as free cars and money were used to lure the unsuspecting into the fold of the group whose actions posed a threat to global security.

The Co-ordinator said “it behoves the leadership of the country, including religious groups, civil society organisations, parents and the general public to contribute to discussions to find a lasting solution to the menace.”

He said there was the need to widen the scope of discussions, devoid of stereotyping people who wore certain type of dresses, headgear or professed a certain faith.

Ghanaians he stated, should be on the lookout and volunteer information on the activities of individuals or groups of people whose activities were unlawful.

Besides, he cautioned the media to be circumspect with their reportage in order not to cause fear and panic.

By Malik Sullemana       

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