The fire from the Ghanaian public after news of the inclusion of a controversial sexuality education program currently being championed by the United Nations and its affiliates including the International Planned Parenthood Federation has forced the president to firmly take a position against the LGBTQ community’s hope to see same-sex relationships normalized and eventually legalized in Ghana.
The issue of gay rights has been a thorny one across the African continent with many politicians across the continent forced to state on international platforms that they don’t intend to support or push the agenda due to the overwhelming number of voters who oppose the sexuality of those in the LGBTQ community.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is the latest to be forced to take a stand against homosexuality after a huge backlash over a proposal to add comprehensive sexuality education to the Ghanaian basic education curricula.
Addressing the congregation at the St. Cyprian’s Anglican Church in Kumasi, President Akufo-Addo clarified the government’s position insisting that his aim for introducing Free Senior High School is to widen access to and provide quality education but not to teach Ghanaian children concepts that are unacceptable in the country.
“There is only one thing I want to say, I think you people have heard within the past days, some discussions have gone on that I and my government want to teach our children somethings that are inappropriate. I brought the Free Senior High School to strengthen the country so that our children will all get the opportunity to learn and through the education, we will all see the progress we want for this country”
“I didn’t bring it for our children to be taught inappropriate content. So long as I sit on this big seat as the President of this nation, and as a Christian, it will never happen that I will agree for inappropriate things to be taught in our schools so please keep your cool, whatever they are saying has no truth in it”. He added.
The fear over the Akufo-Addo government pushing an LGBTQ agenda is not without basis. The president’s somewhat liberal response on the issue in an interview on Al Jazeera about a year ago, sparked public interest in the position of the president and his latest speech at the St. Cyprian puts all doubts to rest (or not).