The debate as to whether a sitting President or an individual has the right to legalize homosexuality in a given country or being directed by another country to legalize same because of financial assistance or whatsoever has become the topic of the day in Ghana.
Many Ghanaian citizens are of the view that, legalizing homosexuality in the country do not conform with Ghana’s cultural values, norms and practices while a few believe that, it’s the right of individuals to choose/determine their sex or to agree to practice the controversial same sex in the country.
This debate re-surfaced following a Private Members anti-LGBTQ+ Bill laid before the 8th Parliament of the Republic of Ghana to be passed in order to restrain and prohibit persons who are exploring secret avenue to practice LGBTQ+ in Ghana and legalize same.
In the cause of the debate, an old video featuring the late Former President of Ghana, His Excellency Professor John Evan Atta Mills has re-surfaced.
In the video, His Excellency Professor John Evan Atta Mills who was responding to the British Prime Minister said, no one can deny his (British Prime Minister) right to make policies or take initiatives or make statements that reflect his societal norms and ideals, but he does not have the right to direct other sovereignty nations as to what they should do especially when their societal norms and ideals are different from who insist, Prime minister cannot be society.
According to him, he, as the president of the nation will never initiate or support any attempt to legalize homosexuality in Ghana.
Prof. Atta Mills reiterated that, as a government, they will abide by principles enshrined in our constitution, which constitution is supreme.
“Let me also say that, while we acknowledge all the financial assistance and all the aids which have been given to us by our development partners, we will not accept any aid with strings attached if that aid will not conform to our interest or the implementation or utilization with strings attacked will rather worsen our plight as a nation or destroy the very society that we want to use the money to improve” He explained.
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His stance on the legalization of homose..xuality in Ghana was largely welcomed by the Ghanaian populace as compared to what is going on currently in the country.
Many Ghanaians are looking up to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to make his position loud and clear on the controversial LGBTQ+ practices in Ghana and the anti-LGBTQ+ Bill laid before Parliament for approval but, it appears that, nothing meaningful and heartwarming is coming forth from the sitting president as his predecessors have boldly said.
It beats the imagination of many Ghanaians why President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is still silent on the long standing debate of the subject matter making the LGBTQ+ very popular in Ghana.
As the video resurfaced, Ghanaians are again serving a notice to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to swiftly respond to the issue and must dessociate himself from legalizing homose..xuality in Ghana like his predecessors did.
WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW.