A former senior politician says African leaders must stand up and resist pressure from Western countries for the continent to adopt gay rights.

Mike Ocquaye, who was deputy speaker of parliament, told Accra-based Class FM that the gay rights lobby is an abomination.

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His comment follows recent reaction by some Members of the Scottish Parliament who called on their government to confront President John Mahama on Ghana’s alleged abuses  of its lesbian and gay citizens.

An invitation to the President of Ghana to address (MPs) undermines the safety of the Scottish Parliament for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, the opposition MPs said.

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According to Mike Ocquaye, "We have got to stand our ground. We have got to make certain things clear as Africans, and we’ve got to make people, at least, respect us that as for Africans, we say a man is not going to put his sexual organ into a man’s back, and that is Africa for us."

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"When we take a strong unambiguous stand, they will come to respect us," he noted.

"There is a global gay lobby. They are fighting for recognition. They are fighting with plenty of millions of dollars to transport their anomalous behaviour globally. We must resist it with all our strength," he stated.