Akufo-Addo’s gay comment ‘intellectual’ – Lydia Forson

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo gave an intellectual answer to the international community in his response to a question about Ghana’s stance on homosexuality, actress Lydia Forson has said.

Nana Akufo-Addo in an interview on Aljazeera said legalising homosexuality is bound to happen if a strong case is made for it.

His remarks, which have been greeted with mixed reactions by the populace, sought to suggest that even though legalising homosexuality is not a matter on the agenda, it was bound to happen.

Critics say the president should have made an emphatic statement on whether he was for or against the legalisation of homosexuality and not give a vague answer which is open to various interpretations.

But contributing to the ongoing debate in an article, Ms Forson said Nana Akufo-Addo gave an intellectual response devoid of his personal emotion to the Aljazeera interviewer.

“The president’s response doesn’t in anyway condone the act, in fact he may be equally against it. But he wasn’t voted into power to enforce his own personal beliefs on all of us, he was voted to represent all the citizens of the country irrespective of their beliefs and practices which is why he gave an intellectual response, devoid of emotions to that question,” the award winning actress wrote.

Below is her full article:

The President on Homosexuality; he said what he said.

See I’m going to keep this very simple because I know no matter how well I put this people are still going to find a reason to be offended.

There’s public outrage over an interview President Akufo-Addo granted in which he said that the conversation on the legalisation of homosexuality was bound to happen.

Now I understand your anger if this is a practice you’re against, especially if it’s one your religion forbids.

But the president’s response doesn’t in ANYWAY condone the act, in fact he may be equally against it.

But he wasn’t voted into power to enforce his own personal beliefs on all of us, he was voted to represent ALL the citizens of the country irrespective of their beliefs and practice which is why he gave an intellectual response, devoid of emotions to that question because years in LAW school would have taught him about human rights and the realities of any minority group.

Legalisation of anything doesn’t suggest that everyone agrees with it, it’s to protect the few who do; which is why there are still people in America against homosexuality and are free to be, so long as they don’t harm those who’re for it.

The law exists to protect ALL its citizens and not impose ones personal beliefs and views on another.

So the president’s response is what anyone who understands history, law and the realities of the world we live in today, would say.

History should teach us all that every minority, or group of people that feel oppressed, restricted etc will someday find their voice, strength and the balls to demand for equal treatment.

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