Minority leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu

Minority Leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu has called on the Attorney-General, Godfred Dame to publicly state his position on the Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill presented to the House to criminalise LGBTQ+ activities.

Speaking at a meeting with the leadership of the Anbariya Sunni Muslim group, he said that the office occupied by Dr Godfred Dame serves Ghana as a whole and thus it will be significant and refreshing to know the Minister of Justice’s view on the bill and its merits.

“Which aspects of it does he agree with, which aspects does he disagree with, which aspects of it does he find wanting to seek an improvement to, that should be the basis of any consultation to begin with,” Mr Iddrisu said.

He added that “we should know where the learned Attorney General and Minister of Justice stands and to remind him that justice emanates from the people, and it is exercised in the name of the people.”

Mr Idrissu made this known when the Anbariya Sunni Muslim Group presented a memorandum to Parliament’s Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee in support of the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill.

In the group’s view, the practice of homosexuality is a moral disorder and deviant behaviour that undermines the survival and existence of the human species.

“It’s a moral disease, a sin, and social corruption. No person is an LGBT+, just like no one is born a thief, a liar or a murderer. People acquire these evil habits due to a lack of proper guidance and education.

“LGBT+ in Islam is not allowed and thus should be condemned in no uncertain terms. Moreover, accepting LGBTQ+ and all its additions by a Muslim society is at variance with divine order,” leader of the group, Sheikh Saeed Abubakar Zakaria told journalists.

Meanwhile, the Minority Leader believes this memorandum supporting the bill will not be the last to be presented to Parliament.

He stated that the numerous petitions already sent show that the decision to outlaw LGBTQ+ activities is a shared interest of Ghanaians.

“We remain unequivocally resolute that its introduction, formalisation and legalisation will only be acceptable to the culturally ignorant in our country and that our society has no room to accommodate it,” Mr Iddrisu said.

The Tamale South MP added that he and his colleague Parliamentarians owe it to the people of Ghana to reflect their aspirations and wish for the preservation of continuity of the society based on sound values and practices over the years.

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