Blame President Akufo-Addo for LGBTQI activities in Ghana, Says Bernard Mornah

Former Chairman of the Peoples National Convention PNC, Bernard Mornah is blaming President Akufo-Addo for the resurgence of Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Intersex LGBTQI activities in Ghana.

According to Mornah, the President’s inability to declare his stance on homosexuality has led to the recent development in the country.

He questioned why the President is still hesitating to declare his stance on the issue like his predecessors John Agyekum Kufour, John Evan Mills and John Mahama.

Speaking on XYZ tonight on Wednesday 24 February, the Former PNC Chairman said Akufo Addo’s decision to build a national cathedral and also tolerate the activities of LGBTQI in Ghana is quite worrying.

Listen to Bernard Mornah

Respect our Right

Meanwhile the Lesbians, Gay Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Intersex Right Ghana has described the closure of their Accra office as unfortunate.

The group  has since urged its members to remain calm and not to panic following the closure of its office.

In a facebook post, the group said “While this unfortunate incident has happened, we wish to encourage all our members, and queer Ghanaians to stay calm. Do not panic.

It added “We anticipated this. We will triumph. The police may have raided our office, and closed it down but the real office, is in our hearts, and minds.”

Office Closure

Officials believed to be national security operatives on Wednesday 24 February raided the office of the Lesbians, Gay Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Intersex office here in Accra.

It is not clear what might have led to the latest development as the raging controversy on LGBTQI activities dominate the headlines in the past few days.

In twitter post, the LGBT Rights in Ghana called on human rights organisations to condemn such attacks on the LGBTQI community.

“This morning our office was raided by National Security. A few days ago traditional leaders threatened to burn down our office but the police did not help,” it said.

It added “At this moment, we no longer have access to our safe space and our safety is being threatened. We call on all human rights organisations, and allies to speak out against these attacks and hate crimes we are being subjected to.”

Prosecute persons behind LGBTQI

The Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) is demanding for the immediate arrest and prosecution of persons behind the new Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender and Queer Intersex (LGBTQI) community office in the country.

It also wants all diplomats who allegedly took part in the opening of the LGBTQI office in Ghana to be summoned to explain their actions since Ghana’s laws frown on such activities.

A statement issued and signed by the president of GPCC Rev Prof Paul Frimpong-Manso said government must not yield to endorsing the activities of LGBTQI because it is a potential threat to peace.

“Close down without delay the alleged LGBTQI office in Ghana and immediately arrest and prosecute the individuals or groups behind the alleged opening of this new office in Ghana for breach of the law and potential threat to peace.

“Summon all foreign diplomats who allegedly participated in the opening of the LGBTQI offices in Ghana to explain their violation of the sovereignty of Ghana,” the Council said in a statement.

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