Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has waded into the raging debate on gayism in Ghana. Mr. Kufour described the call for liberalising Lesbianism, Gayism, Bisexualism, Transgenderism, Queers and Intersexual (LGBTQI) as practices that “defy nature”
Speaking on Accra100.5FM in a programme monitored by Whatsup News, on Wednesday, 3 March 2021, Mr Kufuor recounted how he bluntly rejected calls to liberalise LGBTQI activities in Ghana when he was President.
“I rejected LGBT legalisation when I was president because it baffled me. It still baffles me because LGBT practice is against our culture, religion and even defies nature,” he said.
The former president who rode to power on the ticket of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) added: “I did not accept it as president then and I can’t accept it now, in my old age”.
“No law allows such a thing in Ghana. The president has emphatically stated that it will not be legalised under his reign, so, let’s forget about it,” said Mr. Kufour.
Ghana has been caught in the eye of international pressure as the new American president, Joe Biden had vowed to resume global gay diplomacy, threatening to tie aid to developing countries to how they liberalised their societies to LGBTQI activities.
But President Akufo Addo has stated unequivocally that he will not allow gay marriages under his watch.
Indeed, the National Security and the Ghana Police Service last week closed down an office inaugurated as the headquarters of LGBTQI in Ghana. Against the legal framework in Ghana, the Australian Ambassador and a number of diplomats spearheaded the commissioning of the controversial headquarters.
Ghana is an extremely conservative country in terms of making sexuality a fad and has rejected countless overt and covert moves by the powerful LGBTQI community and their lobbyists to penetrate Ghana.
Religious bodies, some civil society organisations and a cross-section of the public have vowed to resist any attempt to popularise LGBTQI activities in Ghana.
Critics not that LGBTQI lobbyists are pushing false paradigm that closet gays in Ghana do not have fundamental human rights, yet the few instances where suspected homosexuals have been assaulted have been isolated cases where either the victims make inappropriate overtures or irate mobs simply got triggered to attack the suspected homosexuals.
Aside from that, there are a number of known homosexuals in Ghana who live their lives normally in the country. A particular lesbian couple even has a Facebook account where they chronicle their relationship to the teeming Ghanaian netizens. Their comment section have mostly been non-confrontational, contrary to the impression created by Western LGBTQI lobbyists.