Former President John Dramani Mahama has commented on the LGBTQ topic and compared it to his faith as a member of the Assemblies of God in an attempt to win back power with the National Democratic Congress.
Mahama stated his strong rejection of LGBTQ relationships while on his Building Ghana Campaign trip, emphasizing the value of honoring God’s original intent for humanity and the natural world.
“As an Assemblies of God member, my faith does not permit LGBTQ, where men have sexual relationships with fellow males and females do the same with fellow females,” Mahama declared, emphasizing the traditional understanding of gender roles. He asserted, “A man is a man, and a woman is a woman; people can’t just decide their gender against nature’s plan for humanity. God knew why he created a man and a woman
The former president accused President Akufo Addo and the current administration of being reluctant to sign the anti-LGBTQ bill that is presently being debated in parliament. Citing technical grounds, he implied that the bill costs the state money. In order to facilitate the bill’s signing into law following its passage, Mahama pleaded with the legislature to rethink and reach a compromise with the administration.
The crowd erupted in thunderous applause at Mahama’s remarks, suggesting that everyone there agreed with his position.
In Ghana, the LGBTQ debate has been a divisive topic with differing opinions. Mahama’s strong stance is in line with the beliefs of a sizable portion of the populace that adheres to conventional and conservative ideas about gender and sexuality.
Online comments on Mahama’s remarks have been conflicted. While some have emphasised the significance of upholding what they call to as individual rights and human diversity, the majority have shown support for his unyielding position on traditional values.
In the upcoming weeks, the public conversation surrounding Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ Bill is expected to become more heated as the country struggles to reconcile its cultural traditions, religious beliefs, and the notions of human rights that LGBTQ advocates hold dear.