Gay And Lesbian Under Me? Tofiakwa!
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has made it categorically clear that under no circumstance would same sex marriage be legalised by his government.
The President made this statement last Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Asante Mampong, in the Ashanti Region, at the installation of the Second Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Ghana. According to President Akufo-Addo: “I have said it before and let me stress it again, that it will not be under the presidency of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that same-sex marriage will be legalised in Ghana. It will never happen. Let me repeat, it will never happen in my time as president.”
His position on the controversial LGBTQ+ followed public outcry against the opening of an office for that purpose, which was attended by high-profile foreign personalities stationed in Ghana.
The public, through various media platforms, have spoken vehemently against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) practices or its promotion in Ghana. The clergy, parliamentarians, civil society organisations and the media have also not been silent on the issue.
The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, speaking to the media over the weekend was enraged over the issue, describing it as ungodly.
Some activists have also argued that LGBTQs have rights which must be protected, whilst those against it maintain strongly that the practice is alien to the cultural values of the Ghanaian people.
The police, during last week, moved to close down a house at Ashongman in the Greater Accra region, said to be used for LGBTQ+ activities.
The Inspector General of Police, James Oppong Boanuh has also intimated that activities of LGBTQ+ remain illegitimate in the country and warned that his outfit would not relent on enforcing the laws.
According to the chief constable, until the constitution makes room to accommodate LGBTQ+ persons, the police would not condone their activities.
“Currently, there are some laws on LGBT in Ghana. We in the police will enforce the law as far as the limits of the laws are concerned. Therefore, as long as those laws remain in our statute books, we are going to enforce them. If the people of Ghana decide that they are going to legitimise it and it is taken off from our books, we are okay with it. But until that is done, we will ensure that the laws are complied with,” he asserted.
The Inspector General of Police urged people not to take the laws into their own hands, but allow the security agencies to deal with such matters.
“The whole point I am making is that we should not take the laws into our hands. Whatever may happen, we should leave the security agencies to use the applicable laws to deal with the situation.”
The open declaration by President Akufo-Addo over the weekend was not the first-time he had spoken on the issue. In 2018, he gave his first position on the matter at a synod of the Global Evangelical Church in Accra. He made it clear at the time that he would never amend the laws of the country to allow for same-sex marriage, stressing that such consideration was never on the agenda of his government.
He had earlier told Aljezeera in an interview in the late 2017 that issues of homosexuality were not something being discussed in Ghana.
Former Speaker of Parliament, Professor Michael Aaron Oquaye was livid about the sheer plot on Africans to practice homosexuality, which is against their cultural values.
In 2012, the then United Kingdom’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, warned African countries that they risked aid cuts if they failed to respect gay rights.
The Biden-led administration has also threatened recently to restrict visa to African countries that are against homosexuals.
As of October 2020, 32 countries out of the 54 in Africa see same-sex relations as an illegality, punishable by laws of the respective nations.