Irbard, who has for the past couple of years been a top security analyst was suddenly blacklisted by the Ghanaian media space for unknown reasons with many questioning why the media paraded him as an “expert”.
Since the blacklist, Irbard took his time and went back to school to earn a Master’s Degree following criticism of his live video broadcasts and “address to the nation” from funny locations across Accra.
Irbard’s engagement with the BBC signals a turn for the better for him as he hopes to regain his lost glory and shame his critics.
Critics like Mustapha Hamid
Dr. Mustapha Hamid, now Zongo Minister but then spokesperson of the then New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo in January 2016 described Irbard Ibrahim as a ‘self-acclaimed and roadside international relations expert’ who lacks any knowledge of international issues and state interactions.
“A young guy like you, Irbard who completed University in 2012 has all of a sudden sprang up claiming to be an international relations expert…what thesis or document does he has on international relations for him to claim to be an expert?,” Mustapha Hamid queried in an interview.
Irbard Ibrahim claimed in an interview on Joy FM that Nana Addo was informed about six months earlier of the US government’s intention to bring Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby who are ex-Guantanamo Bay detainees into the country.
“I can say for a fact that Nana Akufo-Addo was duly informed six clear months before the Gitmp detainees touched down…he was informed by the Americans…there was broad-based consultation…,” he claimed on the show.
This ‘fact,’ he said makes him wonder why Nana Addo could deny knowledge of the coming of the Gitmo 2 into the country.
With a Masters Degree now, Irbard is said to have his eyes on a Ph.D. in the not too distant future.