BY BENJAMIN TANDOH
FOUNDER AND Leader of the All People’s Congress (APC), Mr Hassan Ayariga, has expressed the opinion that the introduction of the voluntary Free Senior High School (SHS) Fund by the government to help sustain the policy is likely to promote homosexuality in the country.
According to him, the fund would possibly attract wealthy homosexuals across the world, which would force the government to accept their proposals.
Speaking at a press conference in Accra yesterday, Dr Ayariga said, “These back-door bandits are ready to contribute to this fund because it will cater for their target group.”
“This is a ready market for these bum-hole engineers to catch our children young and turn them into their likes. They will definitely take advantage of this Voluntary Free SHS Fund to target the students to increase their membership,” he mentioned.
The former presidential hopeful of the People’s National Congress also expressed his displeasure about the comment made by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo during his interview with international media outlet, Al Jazeera, last month.
He said the President has laid a fertile ground for homosexuals to expand their practice to different societies and that the President’s comment on Al Jazeera and the introduction of the SHS fund would make it easy for the homosexuals’ activists to lobby the government to accept the practice.
“This will have serious negative effects on academic work in both tertiary and second circle institutions. Nana Addo’s comment will also enable the influx of other international communities which have already accepted the practice into Ghana in order to increase their membership since that is the only way to have their freedom in the country,” he said.
He continued that, “We need to point out to the President just as the Christian Council of Ghana has already told him that the issue of homosexuality is not only human rights issue but also a human existential and survival issue.”
APC stance on homosexuality
Mr Ayariga insisted that the country was not ready to promote the act, and stated that, “The simple thing the President could have done was to say a capital ‘No’to the question of legalisation of homosexuality in Ghana.”
He said he would resist moves by pressure groups to legalise the act, saying, “We will not sit down and have our society dwindle (sic) by back door bandits who want to challenge the wisdom of God.”
The President, in his interview, said the issue of same-sex relationships was not on the agenda of the West African country.
Asked why homosexuality remained a criminal offence in Ghana, the President said, “I don’t believe that in Ghana so far a sufficiently strong coalition has emerged which is having that impact on public opinion that will say change it; let’s then have a new paradigm in Ghana.”
He adds that like in other parts of the world, it would take the activities of groups and individuals to try bringing it up for discussion.
“At the moment, I don’t feel and I don’t see that in Ghana there is that strong current of opinion that is saying that this is something that we need even deal with. It is not so far a matter which is on the agenda.”