Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, is not an ordinary man in Ghana today. For those who do not know him, he is the cousin not only to president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, but the finance minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, so when he speaks or shares his opinion on a subject, it reflect the thinking of the government. Eight brave and upright Members of Parliament (MPs), have initiated a Private Members Bill, called Anti anti-LGBTQ+Bill for consideration by the August House.
The Bill, as expected, is already attracting reactions and generating, justifiably, some contentious talking points.
However, recent posts by Gabby Asare Otchere Darko on the Bill, has raised eyebrows and deserved to be looked at.
People like Gabby, are wondering why such a Bill is being proposed at this time, when they are so many issues, especially economic wise to engage the attention of legislators.
Indeed the issue of homosexuality, has become a recurrent issue that, needs to be tackled, not only with promises and pronouncements but with a Legislation to put the matter to rest, once and for all.
Reacting to the Bill, Gabby's first post reads "I am struggling to understand what the promoters of this Bill seek to achieve. Perhaps, it is what will fix the myriad of problems we are facing as a country like finding jobs for the youth and fixing our roads."
Reducing the argument about such an important Bill to the issue of bread and butter is to say the least disappointing.
Man, it is said shall not live by Bread alone. Our lives on this earth, is but a journey, the destination to us believers is the promise of heaven. One can only hope to be among the lucky ones, when one abstains from all that has been forbidden by our creator.
Gabby, if he believes in what he posted, he should tell the president, to forget building the Cathedral and rather use the money to bring financial relieve to millions of Ghanaians, who are struggling to make ends meet. It is in the same myriad of problems that the president thought, the best use of our resources is to build a National Cathedral.
As a Muslim, I have heard and read of how God visited his wrath on people who indulge in homosexuality.
Specifically, Qur'an Chapter 26 verses 160-174 narrates the story of the 'people of Lot' and how they were destroyed by the wrath of God because they indulged in one lustful unnatural carnal acts among men.
Ghanaians, who voted for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on the platform of its potential capacity not only to provide the basic necessities of life, but to protect and preserve the sanctity of our society, will begin to sing a different tune.
Homosexuality is abhorred by all the cultural groupings we have in this country and since culture is the way of life of the people, I am bold to state that, no amount of lobbying and shenanigans can make Ghanaians accept the bestiality as a way of life.
Research has shown that homosexuality exacerbates other mental health issues like depression, anxiety, suicide, substance use, partner abuse, and bondage/sexual sadomasochism. This fact, juxtaposed with the fact that homosexuality is anathema to our culture, are enough to tell Gabby and people who think like him for them to hold their peace.
The government was voted into power to solve problems facing this country, Gabby should rather direct the bread and butter issues to his cousin, the pervasive corruption that has permeated the government and made it the new norm in Ghana, is what is standing between the people and prosperity.
President Akufo-Addo, who claims he is a Christian and had made covenant with God, has promised to build a Cathedral to say thank you to God for granting his wish. That promise which has turned into appeal for funds, is yet to be realized.
Homosexuality is opposed to God's plan, and as I have indicated it is one of the Sins that God does not take kindly to and so, if there was anyone individual in this country, who should be the number proponent of the Bill, it should the one who promised God a Cathedral and that is president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Gabby's second post on his social media handle, was even more ridiculous than the first one. This is what he had to say, "Majority of Ghanaians are Christians. They believe in upholding Christian values. Adultery is a serious sin punishable by death (Lev. 20:10). I am therefore proposing a petition to Parliament for a Private Member's Bill for a law against adultery, imposing stiff penalties," his post read.
A clear case of saying, he who is without sin, let him cast the first stone. Power indeed is like aphrodisiac, it intoxicate and certainly Gabby has drank a lot of it.
If the issue of homosexuality, does not deserve the attention it is getting, building a National Cathedral is also a waste of our resources, after all, the Cathedral is not a Sports Stadium, Museum, Club House etc, but rather a House where sinners go to atone for their sins and praise their maker.
If they are no sinners like homosexuals, we certainly do not need a cathedral.
Meanwhile, the Private Member's Bill which is billed to laid in the House today is titled: "The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values, Bill 2021," and seeks to make the practice of homosexuality illegal.
It is led by the Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam George, and seven (7) other MPs, namely Emmanuel Bedzrah of Ho West, Della Adwoa Sowah of Kpando, Rev. John Ntim Forjour of Assin South, Alhassa Sayibu, Suhuyini of Tamale North, Rita Naa Odoley Sowah of La Dadekotopon and Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor of South Dayi.
As it is said, those that the gods want to destroy, they first make mad.