The Gay Traditional Council of Ghana has asked Ghanaians to remain calm as it is not even ready for a legalization of the gay practice.
“I’m speaking on behalf of the Gay Traditional Council in Ghana. They said I should give you this word: that they themselves are not ready for anything, anything that is going to come [off], they are not ready for it. But you should be prepared, if they are ready they are going to tell you that they are ready. When they are ready you cannot stop them, when they are ready they are going to march, maybe in 50 years to come, in 100 years to come, they want to tell you that this is not the time, maybe the coming generation. So anybody that will get this, try to give it around, send it to them, let them listen so that they sleep, they can relax, they can have a peace of mind,” spokesperson for the group, Philcollins Agbedanu-Kröger, said in a video circulating on social media platforms.
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This comes on the back of the controversy among Ghanaians about the president’s latest comments on homosexuality.
President Nana Akufo-Addo has told Aljazeera that legalisation of homosexuality is bound to happen in Ghana if public opinion for its legalisation grows stronger.
“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."
“I think it is something that is bound to happen like elsewhere in the world, they are activities of individuals of groups”, he said.
Nana Akufo-Addo’s comments have, however, not gone down well with many Ghanaians, including some pressure groups and religious organisations, who feel that his comments suggest an endorsement of homosexuality.
But in an interview with Accra-based Joy FM, the Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid said that homosexuality is still unacceptable in Ghana as there is no “cultural orientation” that supports it.
He further explained that same-sex relationship cannot be legalized at the moment.
“Since law is premised on customs, what it means is that we cannot make it legal at this stage considering that the customs and traditions of the people abhor homosexuality,” he said.
Mr Hamid also rubbished claims that the government intends engaging with any group on the issue of homosexuality.