Majority SLAMS Minority – SAYS No Lebanese ‘abducted’ in Ghana
The Majority in Parliament has slammed the Minority members over claims that a Lebanese national has been abducted in the country.
A Lebanese national, Mahran Mustapha Baajour, is alleged to have been held by some state security agency, a situation the minority believes could spark diplomatic row between Ghana and Lebanon.
Reacting to the claim, the Majority in a statement signed by a member of the Committee on foreign affairs John Ntim Fordjour said “We wish to emphatically state that credible checks conducted at the National Security and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration affirm beyond a doubt that no such person had arrived at the Kotoka International Airport, contrary to the palpably false accounts given by the Ranking Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. It is abundantly clear that the claims of the Minority are false, unfounded and holding no truth. More so, failure on the part of the Ranking Member and the Minority to verify the facts with the relevant agencies prior to release of the statement, smacks of deliberate attempt to cause disaffection for the image and reputation of Ghana as they have often sought to do.
“We therefore strongly condemn the rather mischievous and most unpatriotic falsehood fabricated by the Minority and accordingly urge the general public to disregard and treat with the contempt it deserves, the obnoxious attempt by the Ranking Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Minority, to smear the highly reputed image of our beloved country Ghana in the comity of nations”.
The statement added: “Ghana is acclaimed in the international community as a country where human rights and the rule of law are creditably upheld and thus, any contemptible attempt by the Ranking Member and the Minority, to falsely portray our country otherwise, in pursuit of parochial and partisan interests should and must be condemned in no uncertain terms. It is our understanding that the National Security shall accordingly issue a response in due course.