The National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr. Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu has advised Ghanaians to reject homosexuality with all their might.
Speaking on Accra based radio station, the spokesperson of the Chef Imam, Sheik Aremiyaw Shaibu said Islam frowns on the practice and must therefore not have place in society.
“We have doctrines and values to uphold, we must reject homosexuality with all our might and power at our disposal”. He urged.
“Though we can’t confirm as to whether there is pressure on President Nana Addo, Ghanaian leaders must be consistent in making firm decisions concerning issues like this nature”. He stressed
“They must know that, we are Africans and that we have a culture to protect. Homosexuality should be ban absolutely in our community. We don’t want to change our decision on same sex marriages. He described it as a deviation from the divine plan of God and direction”.
He consequently urged president Nana Addo not compromise the laws barring homosexuality for money.
The President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo in an interview with Aljazeera said:” This is the socio-cultural issue if you like…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.”
He further noted that he grew up in England, which, in the past, detest homosexuality but later succumbed to pressure from LGBT lobbyists to amend their laws to accommodate same-sex relationship.
“I grew up in England; I went to school as a young boy in England and I grew up at a time in England when homosexuality was banned there, it was illegal and I lived in the period when British politicians thought it was anathema to think about changing the law and suddenly the activities of individuals, of groups, a certain awareness, a certain development grew and 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.”
The president, nonetheless said: “At the moment, I don’t feel and I don’t see that in Ghana, there is that strong current of opinion that will say: ‘This is something that we need even deal with’. It’s not, so far, a matter which is on the agenda.”