Allowing Islamic preacher into Ghana not a wise decision - Aning

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Dr Kwasi Aning said this on the back of fears by some Ghanaians that the Islamic preacher might pose a security threat following his alleged earlier links with extremism.

Dr Abu Philips  had been banned by the US, UK and Australia, claiming he preached extremism. He was deported from the Philippines in September 2014, Kenya in 2012, and Bangladesh in June 2014, where he had been invited to address an Islamic conference.

Sheik Philips’ activities in Ghana as advertised on his official Facebook page, began from 4th February and ends on 12th February.

He has already delivered a number of lecturers in various parts of Accra and in Kumasi at the KNUST.


Following the public backlash over his presence, Ghana’s National Security Coordinator, Yaw Donkor, has asked Ghanaians not to panic as there is no cause for alarm.

But, Security expert with the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, has said "I don't think we are being biased against him. Look we live in a dangerous neighborhood. These are dangerous times. We have a huge unemployed and unemployable youth base. We have an increasingly radicalised population and therefore i think it makes sense that anybody with a track record of being banned for radicalised activity is looked at with a little bit of caution and taking into consideration all the things that is happening in this country in the last 18 months.

"Probably it is not too wise and advisable to allow Dr Philips to be in here to do his preaching," he added.

Dr. Annin added the major problem is not really with the Islamic preacher preaching but the networks he will be forming afterwards.

"It is the whispered conversation in corners, the networks that he has, the networks he will be introducing others to. That is where the problem lies," he said.


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