There are fears that this 25-year-old Ghanaian graduate Nazir Nortei Alema (pictured above) has joined international terrorist group, Islamic State in Syria. Nazir who is a graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) with a degree in Geography and Rural Development, allegedly left Ghana this month to join the terror group.
Nazir's father, Kabiru Alema, said soon after completing his mandatory National Service in Ghana on August 2nd, Nazir sent a WhatsApp message to him saying that he was on his way to another region in Ghana on a job-related assignment. Hours later, Nazir sent another one with a different content. “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.”the message read.
Nazir's father says his son and other young men who are believed to have joined the terror group were part of an Islamic group on Whatsapp named “Sadaqa Train,” where they are brainwashed and all of them had extreme ideas of Islam. “The youth who have fallen prey to the ISIS craze belong to the same whatsapp group on which they share extreme ideas about Islam.” He says his son's friends that were also on the chat group are no where to be found now. He also added that some disturbing videos have been spotted on his son’s laptop, a clear indicator that Nazir has been sufficiently brainwashed online.