Alhaji Yahaya Cessey, the Chief Imam of Wangara Mosque in Obuasi, has joined a Muslim youth group, called “Ken Ken to Ken Ken Parliament” to campaign against Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI+) practices in the country.
Speaking at a colourful ceremony to mark the birth of Prophet Muhammad, known as Mawlid, Alhaji Cessey called on well-meaning Ghanaians to stand up in unity against the practice, irrespective of their religious background or tribe.
He suggested that Ghanaians must fiercely resist the practice and fight against LGBTQI+ since the act has the tendency to destroy the significant gains the country has made over the years.
The Muslim Cleric, referring to the biblical Sodom and Gomorrah incident, reminded Ghanaians of the consequences of same-sex relationships, which invoked God’s wrath resulting in the destruction of the two towns.
Alhaji Yahaya Cessey cautioned that imminent calamity could befall any society that accepts LGBTQI+.
He commended the eight Parliamentarians who in August 2021jointly submitted a private member’s bill to push for the criminalisation of LGBTQ+ activities in the country.The proponents also wanted the promotion, advocacy, funding and acts of homosexuality to be forbidden in the country.
Reflecting on the birth of Prophet Mohammed, the Cleric said the Qur’an had described Prophet Muhammad as the most noble and pious human being, sent as a blessing to the world, hence Muslim all over the world should emulate his lifestyle.
He, therefore, advised parents to prioritise the education of their children stating that, secular education is key to build the human capacity of the Muslim Youth.
Alhaji Cessey also cautioned the youth against all forms of criminal activities and social vices, including violence, because Islam stands for peace.
MassawuduTahiru, Chairman of the ‘Ken-Ken to Ken- Ken Parliament’, which organised the programme explained that in the 10 years of its existence, the group has contributed in promoting the interest of the Muslim community, especially the youth.
The Chairman revealed that the group has so far constructed Mosques at the Obuasi Government Hospital and the Obuasi Senior High and Technical School, as well as mobilising the youth in the clean-up of their communities as their corporate social responsibilities.
He stressed that, the time has come for Muslim Youth, especially those in the Zongo Communities, to pursue education to the highest level, adding that most Zongo children had little interest in secular education, but hoped that the group would work to change the status quo.
He called on the Parliamentarians to vote massively for the Anti- LGBTQI+ bill, which has been laid before the House, stressing that there should be no room for such dastardly act to be legalised in Ghana.