Member of Parliament (MP) for Odododiodoo, Nii Lante Vanderpuye, has thrown a challenge at the Vice President, Dr. Bawumia, to be bold and speak against the activities of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex plus (LGBTQI+).
The MP said if the second gentleman of the land is inde3ed a true Muslim, he must speak against LGBTQI+.
To him, the Vice President must speak against the evil practice if indeed he wants to take over from Nana Akuffo Addo as their party’s next flagbearer.
He posited that if Vice President Bawumia is a true Muslim and believes in Islam, then he must condemn the LGBTQI+ activities. The Chief Imam has spoken against it, and I dare the Vice President to speak against it.
The legislator asserted that the activities of LGBTQI+ are a threat to family values, and every well-meaning Ghanaian must stand up against it.
He further opined that the advocacy by LGBTQI+ people gained prominence in Ghana after President Akufo-Addo claimed that there was not enough advocacy by groups in Ghana compared to the western world.
The President of Ghana, in his first term, said that the country is bound to decriminalise homosexuality – but only after popular support grows.
Nana Akufo-Addo, who became the country’s President in January, was asked in an interview with Al Jazeera about whether he could see the country reform on LGBTQI+
He likened Ghanian society to the UK in the 1960s, before the decriminalisation of homosexuality.
He said: “These social, cultural issues… I don’t believe that in Ghana so far, a sufficiently strong coalition has emerged to change public opinion, and have a new paradigm in Ghana.”
He added: “I think that it is something that is bound to happen.
“Like elsewhere in the world, the activities of individuals and groups [will lead to change].”
He said: “I grew up in England, I went to school in England and I grew up at a time when homosexuality was banned there and was illegal.
“I lived there at a period when among British politicians it was anathema to even think about changing the law. But the activities of individuals and groups and a certain awareness 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 that in Ghana there is a strong current of opinion that is saying, this is something we need to deal with. It is not so far a matter which is on the agenda,” he concluded.