The president of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is gradually being stacked with pressure to take a clear stance on the issue of homosexuality as his predecessors did.
While former Presidents John Mills and John Mahama both took an “against” stance on the widely resented sexual preference, President Akufo-Addo is yet to state even an opinion on the subject.
This has caused a lot of religious bodies, Civil Society Organizations and the general Ghanaian populace to subtly mount pressure on the state leader to declare his stance.
Leading in the crusade to get President Akufo-Addo make his position known on the issue is the National Chief Imam, whose Spokesperson, Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu told Starr FM “I would be glad if the current president comes out clearly to state a position.”
The National Chief Imam’s Spokesperson’s comment comes after a sour confession by a 27-year-old self-professed gay man, Benjy, who says he has been living with HIV since 2012 but still continues to have unprotected sex with men.
In 2011, late President Mills called the bluff of then UK Prime Minister; David Cameron over the latter’s threat to cut aid to countries with anti-gay legislation. "I as president of this nation will never initiate or support any attempt to legalised homosexuality in Ghana," Mills stated.
Former President John Mahama in 2013 also described homosexuality as criminal and punishable under the laws of Ghana, insisting that it will not be legalised under his watch as President.
But President Akufo-Addo’s position on homosexuality remains unknown.