Ghana’s President John Evans Atta Mills used a speech read for him by the Minister for Culture at a festival in Saltpond over the weekend to affirm that the government will actively fight so-called immorality and will not legalize homosexuality.
The festival, which reportedly carried a “Promoting Our Cultural Heritage to Eradicate Social Vices” theme, heard from a number of MPs who together urged people to desist from demonstrations and unrest, but it was the president’s speech that explicitly tackled what was termed the moral decline in Ghanaian society.
“Our moral values are greatly threatened by our desperate pursuit of materialism as a measure of progress in society; as caution is thrown to the wind as we go to great length to do anything to achieve and satisfy these wanton desires”, he said.
He said drug abuse, armed robbery, child prostitution, homosexuality, lesbianism as well as rape, defilement and other sex-related crimes were on the increase to day, attesting to the high rate of immorality prevalent in the society.
President Mills called on Nananom, as custodians of the nation’s rich cultural values to work closely with other opinion leaders in their traditional areas and partner the State institutions responsible for youth development to evolve strategies to address those social vices in the society.
He urged them to discard any form of obsolete and dehumanizing customary practices which were inimical to the fundamental human rights and self development of the people.
Ghana recently sparked international outrage after a Ghanaian official called for the immediate arrest of all gays and lesbians in the nation’s Western Region.
The Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) also recently announced that it would be stepping up promotion of reparative therapy due to so-called concerns over the spread of homosexuality in the country.