June 14, 2024
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It’s your utmost duty to protect our national interests; sign anti-LGBTQ Bill – Akufo-Addo told

The Head of the Political Science Department at the University of Ghana, Professor Alidu Seidu, has advised President Akufo-Addo to remain steadfast in upholding Ghana’s cultural values by endorsing the Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill.

He emphasised that it is the president’s duty to safeguard the nation’s interests and cultural identity, especially regarding issues as sensitive as same-sex relationships.

In an interview with Citi FM, Professor Seidu pointed out that Ghanaian cultural norms historically reject same-sex relationships, underscoring the importance of President Akufo-Addo’s stance on the matter.

He also drew attention to the influence of LGBTQ advocates in Western countries and their efforts to impose their ideologies on other nations, urging the president to prioritize the desires of Ghanaians over international pressures.

In essence, Professor Seidu stressed the significance of President Akufo-Addo’s decision in reflecting the will and values of the Ghanaian populace.

“LGBTQ lobbyists in America and Europe are very powerful and are putting pressures on their governments to impose these attitudes and behaviours on other countries and so I think that the President [Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo] represents the interests of Ghanaians before any other country.

“It is his utmost responsibility to protect our national interests and culture as president. And so if the people of Ghana are saying this is what they want but the international community is saying that it is not what it wants, he has to weigh the options,” he said.

Meanwhile, during a diplomatic engagement, President Akufo-Addo reassured the international community of Ghana’s unwavering commitment to upholding human rights, despite the recent passage of the Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill.

Addressing concerns, the President emphasized Ghana’s consistent adherence to the rule of law and respect for human rights throughout its history.

President Akufo-Addo clarified that the Bill is currently facing a legal challenge at the Supreme Court and therefore until a decision is reached through due process, no action would be taken by his government regarding the private Member’s bill.

“l am aware that last week’s bi-partisan passage by Parliament of the Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, on a Private Member’s motion, has raised considerable anxieties in certain quarters of the diplomatic community and amongst some friends of Ghana that she may be turning her back on her, hitherto, enviable, longstanding record on human rights observance and attachment to the rule of law. I want to assure you that no such back-sliding will be contemplated or occasioned.”

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