The government has rejected claims that President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo has approved same-sex marriages in Ghana.
According to a statement from the presidency, President Akufo-Addo’s will not legalise such relationship in Ghana.
“Indeed, the President remains focused on delivering on his mandate and improving the quality of lives of the Ghanaian people. It will NOT be under his Presidency that same-sex marriage will be legalised in Ghana,” the statement signed by the Director of Communications at the Presidency, Mr Eugene Arhin said on Saturday.
The statement was a response to claims by the General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketiah that “Nana Addo says men will marry men, and women will marry women.”
Mr. Asiedu Nketiah made the allegation in Kumasi on Saturday whilst addressing NDC supporters after a Unity Walk
Below is the full statement from the Presidency:
Re: President Akufo-Addo Has Approved Gay Marriage
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The attention of the Office of the President has been drawn to comments made by the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, as reported by the online news outlet, The Pulse, to the effect that same-sex marriage has been approved by President Akufo-Addo.
Speaking at the NDC’s health/unity walk, on Saturday, 28th April 2018, in Kumasi, the NDC General Secretary is reported to have stated that “Nana Addo says men will marry men, and women will marry women.” This is nothing but a baseless and vile fabrication, by no less a person than the General Secretary of the leading opposition party in Ghana. For the avoidance of doubt, President Akufo-Addo has NEVER stated anywhere that, under his presidency, “men will marry men, and women will marry women”.
Indeed, the President remains focused on delivering on his mandate and improving on the quality of lives of the Ghanaian people. It will NOT be under his Presidency that same-sex marriage will be legalised in Ghana.
We will neither ask for an apology or retraction from the NDC General Secretary, who, obviously, is still stuck in the age of the politics of lies, deceit and propaganda, which was rejected decisively by discerning Ghanaians in the 2016 general elections.
We will rather appeal to Ghanaians to, once again, ignore the falsehoods of the NDC, and urge Mr Asiedu Nketiah to concentrate his energies on uniting his divided and discredited party.
Director of Communications