Chief Editor at the Daily Guide newspaper, Alhaji AR Gomda, who is close to the family, says an examination of Nazir Nortei Alema’s laptop revealed he had been consuming extremist content on the internet.
The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) graduate shocked his family with a numbing text message declaring he has joined ISIS, a group noted for its senseless, murderous acts.
Nazir just completed his National Service with the Ghana Statistical Service and according to the family, he sent a WhatsApp message saying he was going to Prestea from where he would proceed to Takoradi on an official assignment.
This message was followed by a shocking one which read in part: “Pray for me, for I will never forget you in my prayer and it’s my hope and prayer that we meet again if not in this world then in Jannah (paradise). I love you all. May Allah grant us understanding and guide us all to the straight path. Asalaamu alaikum.
“I told you a lie to please my Allah. The deception was to go do some research work in far away Prestea while the main idea was to move far away from you all to the Islamic State (IS). I know it might sound kind of crazy for you but your son really had to take this bold step to get out of the corrupt system of Ghana which has democracy first on its list. You can follow this link to know about the ‘shirk’ called democracy islamqa.info/en/98134.”
Alhaji Gomda, who broke the story of Nazir’s recruitment, said the Alema family was devastated after receiving the message.
Latif Alema, father of the boy, with anther son decided to go into Nazir’s laptop and were shocked by what they found; Nazir had been watching IS propaganda material in which children are undergoing military training and recruits are taught how to tie the Muslim veil, the Daily Guide Chief Editor told Joy FM’s Super Morning Show host, Kojo Yankson.
The message sent by Nazir to his parents, Alhaji Gomda said, is simply the same template that the terrorist group uses for all recruits across the world.