-President Akufo-Addo has said the coalition pushing for the legalisation of homosexuality in Ghana has not been strong
-He said their efforts are not enough to change public opinion on such socio-cultural practice
-He made the statement in an interview on Al-Jazeera
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has given an explanation on why homosexuality is still illegal in Ghana.
In his opinion, though the legalisation of homosexuality has gained currency for sometime now, the coalition pushing the agenda has not been strong enough to affect public opinion on changing such socio-cultural practice.
"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. Let's have a new paradigm in Ghana".
According to him, Ghana, like many other countries will gradually get to the point of legalising homosexuality, the subject was not a matter of national priority as of now.
President Akufo-Addo cited his time in England as a student an example saying though homosexuality was illegal, the laws were eventually changed after the agenda for change was pushed more.
He said, "I think that it is something that is bound happen like elsewhere in the world [but] at the moment, I don't feel, I don't see that in Ghana there is that strong current opinion that this is something we need to deal with".
"It's not so far a national issue on the agenda", he stressed.
President Akufo-Addo was speaking on a wide range of issues in an interview with Al-Jazeera including freedom of expression.
But for it's laws against homosexuality, Ghana would have been considered one of the freest countries in the world.
Even with such laws, the latest Freedom House report, a ranking of the countries on civil and political rights, has Ghana as the second best in Africa with a score of 83/100 only behind Cape Verde which has 90/100.
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