The ranking member on the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has described as ‘great’ the answer offered by the President on legalization of same sex marriage in London.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo told Jane Dutton on Talk to Al Jazeera, legalisation of homosexuality is not on his government’s agenda.
But the status of gays in the country could change if there is a groundswell of pressure for that to be done, he said.
“At the moment, I don’t feel, I don’t see that in Ghana there is that strong current of opinion that is saying this is something we need to deal with. It is not so far a matter that is on the agenda,” he said.
Pressure groups, religious organizations and political opponents have taken issues with the president over his comments.
The government has since come out to clarify that it has no intention to legalise same-sex relationship.
Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid said on Monday that homosexuality continues to be unacceptable because there is no “cultural orientation” that supports it in Ghana.
Commenting on this on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen on Tuesday, opposition MP, Okudzeto Ablakwa said the President offered the right answer at the time.
He explained that the answer that was offered by the President is the right one within the context of the international community.
“Within the context of international diplomacy, the President gave an excellent answer…,” he said.
The North Tongu MP said the President was torn between offering an answer that would please the international community and displease his conservative society back home or doing the vice versa.
And the President, he said, chose to please the international community; a choice which Okudzeto said was the best at the time.
“The President was aware of the implications of whatever answer he was about offering and hence I believe he will be pleased with the consequences he is receiving back home…,” he said.
According to Okudzeto Ablakwa, he is not the only person who subscribes to the view offered by the President, as several members of the Diplomatic Community have also applauded the President for making that comment.
“Nana Addo did not want to incur the wrath of gay community…the President was trying to be in the middle…but the consequence is that back home, the President has not impressed the conservative Ghanaian community,” he said.