Director of Elections for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Samuel Ofosu Ampofo is calling on religious bodies of the country to implore President Nana Akufo-Addo to declare his position on the issue of homosexuality.
According to him, the President's interview on Al Jazeera last Sunday implied that homosexuality is illegal in Ghana because there hasn't been a strong coalition to push for its legislation.
And he believes the President is setting an agenda for the homosexual community to rise and stir agitations for legalization of the practice.
President Akufo-Addo in an interview with Qatar-based TV station, Al Jazeera further added that activism to shore up support to reform the culture and laws of the country in support of homosexual practices is "bound to happen".
“This is a social, cultural issue, I don’t believe that in Ghana so far, a sufficiently strong coalition has emerged which is having that impact on public opinion that will say ‘change it, let’s now have a new paradigm in Ghana.’
"I grew up in England; I went to school as a young boy in England and I grew up at a time in England when homosexuality was banned there, it was illegal and I lived in the period when British politicians thought it was anathema to think about changing the law and suddenly the activities of individuals, of groups, a certain awareness, a certain development grew and grew and grew stronger and it forced a change in law. I believe those are the same processes that will bring about changes in our situation.
“At the moment, I don’t feel, I don’t see that in Ghana there is that strong current of opinion that is saying this is something we need to deal with. It is not so far a matter that is on the agenda,” he stated.
But commenting on the issue on PeaceFM's "Kokrokoo" Tuesday, the NDC Natioanl Vice-Chairman opined that President Akufo-Addo's inability to stand his ground and firmly state that Ghana will not legalize homosexuality, is dangerous.
He explained that the homosexual fraternity has powerful backing from certain influential leaders in the world and the President's submissions may potentially engineer their course.
“He’s setting the agenda. The President shouldn’t set the agenda because it’s a very dangerous platform he’s created…It is wrong for the President to set that agenda…The problem the President has created is he has set the agenda”
“The agenda is dangerous. If we’re not careful, we’re going to have a challenge in this country. And LGTB and its allied forces will marshal all resources to influence the laws of this country”, Mr. Ofosu Ampofo stated emphatically on Peace FM.
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