A group calling itself Concerned Muslim Youth has berated President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for failing to take a definite stand on homosexuality when he granted an interview to Aljazeera.
The group described as shocking teh response by the president when he was asked why Ghana has not legalized homosexuality.
The president has been criticized for his response to a questioned on homosexuality in Ghana.
President Nana Akufo-Addo has said changing Ghana’s laws to legalise homosexuality is not a matter which is "on the agenda" but "bound to happen".
“This is the socio-cultural issue if you like,” adding: “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 [the law], let’s then have a new paradigm in Ghana’”.
Asked by the interviewer: “What’s going to provoke it, what’s going to make it happen?” President Akufo-Addo said: “Oh, like elsewhere in the world, the activities of individuals [and] groups”.
“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.”
The president, however, pointed out that: “At the moment, I don’t feel and I don’t see that in Ghana, there is that strong current of opinion that will say: ‘This is something that we need even deal with’. It’s not, so far, a matter which is on the agenda.”
But the group believes his response was bad and has since charged the Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Boniface Saddique the Minister for Zongo Development to distance themselves from the comments by the president.
They have admonished them to resign if they are true Muslims and abhor homosexuality.
Read below the full statement
We the Concerned Muslim youth of Ghana are utterly shocked by recent comments made by President Nana Akufo-Addo to foreign press on the subject of homosexuality.
In that interview, the President subtly endorsed the abominable acts of gays and lesbians and indeed encouraged those in Ghana to form groups in order to agitate for its legalization in the country.
Asked if he will endorse the legalization of homosexuality in Ghana, the President Nana Akufo-Addo said, ‘’It is bound to happen’.
We are not only appalled by the responses of the President, we are also scandalized that we have a Muslim vice President and a minister for Zongo development who equally share this position with the President of Ghana.
For the record, homosexuality is an abomination in Islam and we expect Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and Alhaji Boniface Saddique Abubakar to resist the position of the President, if they are true Muslims who believe in the teachings of the prophet Mohammed (PBHN).
It will be recalled that, Dr. Bawumia prior to the 2016 elections called on Ghanaians to vote for the NPP to bring religious balance to the Presidency. Today, Dr. Bawumia and Boniface Saddique Abubakar are looking on whiles Akufo-Addo is welcoming abominable ideas to the seat of government which is a total disregard for Muslim values and teachings.
We are hereby condemning, in no uncertain terms, the subtle endorsement and encouragement of homosexuality in our country by President Akufo-Addo and the loud silence of our Muslim Vice President and our minister for Zongo development.
We also call on Dr. Mahmudu Bawumia and Alhaji Boniface Sadique Abubakar to distance themselves from the comments of the President or consider themselves fake Muslims who cannot provide moral leadership for the Muslim youth in Ghana.