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Chief Imam fully supports anti-LGBTQ+ Bill, commends Bagbin

Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, National Chief ImamSheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, National Chief Imam

• The National Chief Imam supports the anti-LGBTQ+ bill before Parliament

• He has hailed Speaker of Parliament for his support for the bill

• Parliament is scheduled to debate the controversial bill this month

The National Chief Imam, Skeikh Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu, supports the bill before Parliament seeking to extensively criminalize the activities of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex, LGBTQ+, community.

This is according to his spokesman Sheikh Arimiyao Shaibu, who also confirmed the cleric had specifically congratulated Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, for his stance on the current debate.

“I refer you to the last visit by the Speaker of Parliament, Right Honourable Alban Bagbin, he paid a courtesy call on the Chief Imam. Chief Imam was excited with his coming and he said he had heard his (Bagbin’s) earlier statement about the LGBTQ+ position.

“Chief Imam commended him on that and urged him to make sure the bill was passed to outlaw LGBT and other related sexual orientations in the country. That is a very firm and consistent, constant position of the Muslim community,” he said on Joy News’ Upfront programme earlier this week.

What Bagbin said about the LGBTQ+ bill months ago

“I am pro-life and I will continue to be funny to make sure that lives are saved in this world. I will continue to be funny so that this world created by God as a Garden of Eden for us to enjoy will continue to be enjoyed.

“We will not threaten anybody but we shall also not be threatened. Those threatening Members of Parliament who are leading this bill, please be warned. We cannot be threatened in our homes, this must be stated loud and clear to those who have come to do business in Ghana.

“Those who represent their countries and think that they are right, we also represent our country, and they will never, they can never dictate to us as to how to live or not live in this world. And I am very clear in my mind that this house, the parliament of Ghana will pass this bill as soon as possible.”

Ghana’s pro-gay collective

A group of 18 academicians and human rights defenders have voiced strong opposition to the bill before Parliament, which is seeking to extensively criminalize the activities of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, LGBTQ+.

The group submitted a memorandum to Parliament seeking that the bill be rejected because it was largely unconstitutional and infringed on basic human rights.

Members of Parliament behind the bill, led by Ningo Prampram MP Sam Nartey George, have rubbished the memorandum and asserted that the bill will be passed into law because it has the support of the wider Ghanaian populace.

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