LGBTQ+ debate: Withdraw Australian High Commissioner, Danish Ambassador’s letters of credence – Sam George to Akufo-Addo

February 28, 2021
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The Ningo Prampram MP, Samuel Nartey George, is demanding the immediate withdrawal of the letter of credence of the Australian High Commissioner and the Danish Ambassador.

The two, together with some international diplomats attended the opening of an LGBTQ+ office in Ghana and pledged their support for the group.

“If the President does not support homosexuality, we must see action from him this week,” he told JoyNews’ Kwesi Parker Wilson.

The group’s office in Accra has since been shut down following a plethora of criticisms from a cross-section of Ghanaians.

The January 31 event has been heavily criticised by a cross-section of Ghanaians including anti-gay rights advocate, National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values.

Although President Akufo-Addo has indicated that same-sex marriage would not be legalised in his administration, the Ningo Prampram legislator says the comment is not enough.

According to him, the lack of sanctions by the President communicates a lack of commitment to stop the activities of the group.

“…As far as I am concerned, their letters of credence must be withdrawn. Going to support a group whose activities are illegal in Ghana is the biggest affront to our sovereignty,” he said.

“Could the Australian Ambassador or a Danish Ambassador, if their letters of credence had come from the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, would they have attended?” he quizzed.

This is not the first time such a call has been made.

Prior to the office of closure, some civil society organisations and faith-based factions such as the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), have further advanced arguments for the government to summon foreign diplomats supporting advocacy for LGBTQI rights in Ghana.

“The actions of the LGBTQI movement is also completely at variance with the laws of God as spelt out in the Holy Bible concerning God’s plan of creation and the sanctity of marriage between a man and woman as ordained by God” the GPCC said in a February 22 press statement signed by the its President, Rev. Prof. Paul Frimpong-Manso.

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