Fire on the mountain ISIS recruitment in Ghana: Chief Imam gripped with anxiety

"The information came with shock we never thought that such thing was emerging and a good number of young people were associating with that kind of ideology."

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The office of the National Chief Imam has expressed shock about the recruitment activities of ISIS in Ghana.

 This follows the conscription of one Nazir Nortei Alema and his friend into the terror group which has sparked a national debate on the activities of the group in Ghana.

 "The information came with shock we never thought that such thing was emerging and a good number of young people were associating with that kind of ideology.

"The Cheif Imam and all of us are worried , we received it with trepidation , we are so gripped by anxiety."Spokesperson of the chief Chief Imam Sheik Aremeyaw Shaibu stated on Joy Fm.

 Nazir, a graduate of KNUST in executing his plan to join ISIS lied to his family that he was undertaking a research at Prestia. According to his family was contacted and recruited through social media.

"I think he has been brainwashed. On his face book timeline I kept seeing Islamic posts but we were all thinking it is nothing. I didn't know he had this ISIS flag and all, pictures of him dressed like Arab but we didn't know it was an ISIS flag. At that moment I was ignorant so he left. After my research and I found that that was an ISIS flag he used on his facebook and WhatApp picture." Said Kaberi Alema, a brother to Nazir.

Sheik Aremeyaw indicated the National chief Imam's continuous commitment to support security agencies to fish out anybody who may be propagating teachings different from what Islam projects.

"Chief Imam has given an indication of his support to the national security agencies the BNI and the police and the military that he is prepared together with his leader to corporate and really report any person seen with a sign, sign in terms of his orientation and his behavior and demeanor, sign in term of the modus operandi of his preaching sign in terms of the content of his preaching." Shirk Aremeyaw added

He also cautioned all Imams across the country to be careful of people who are invited to preach in their congregation and added that, there is no basis and no foundation for young Muslims in Ghana to think there is a global threat to Islam.

"From now on the advisory board of the chief Imam is meeting and thinking about what message we should put across," he said.

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