Bernard Mornah, the former national chairman of the People’s National Convention has suggested that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s failure to act ‘boldly and decisively’ on the matter of same-sex relations is what has triggered the growth of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Intersex (LGBTQ+) activism in the country.
According to him, when President Akufo-Addo was presented with a chance to take a firm stance against the issue, he offered a response that inspired the LGBTQ+ community.
In an interview with Radio XYZ, Mornah said that Akufo-Addo should have condemned the act on moral and cultural grounds.
He challenged the president to come out and speak against the actions of the LGBTQ+ group if he is not in bed with them.
Why is President Akufo-Addo saying it is bound to happen?. He [Akufo-Addo is actually the trigger for it [LGBTQI]. He’s the trigger for what’s happening. He should state clearly and state his position,” he said.
In 2017, President Akufo-Addo was quizzed on the controversial topic of same-sex relations in the country.
The President answered that due to low level of activism or acceptance in the country, he is unable to back to such acts.
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,” Akufo-Addo said in an interview on Al Jazeera’s Talk To Al Jazeera hosted by Jane Dutton in November 2017.
When asked whether he would support such a cause, he responded, “I think that it is something that is bound to happen”.