Ghana: Atta Mills 'slaps' UK's Cameron over gay rigths lessons
President John Atta Mills has challenged the UK's threat to cut aid if he refuses to legalize homosexuality.
President Mills of Ghana while addressing Muslims on the Aid El Kebir feast earlier this week seized that opportunity to reiterate his country’s position on homosexuality.
President Atta Mills said no one can deny Prime Minister Cameron his right to make policies, take initiatives or make statements that reflect his societal norms and ideals. But he does not have the right to direct other sovereign nations as to what they should do especially when their societal norms and ideals are different from those existing in his society.
“I, as president of this nation will never initiate or support any attempt to legalize homosexuality in Ghana” President Atta Mills noted.
However, he acknowledged the financial aid which has been given to his country by what he described as “development partners” but insisted his country will not accept any aid with strings attached if that aid will not inure to Ghana’s interest.
“The implementation or the utilization of that aid will rather worsen our plight as a nation or destroy the very society that we want to use the money to improve,” the Ghanaian President added.
He praised Muslims in his country for their contribution to national development and asked that they continue to seek the face of Allah so that more blessings will be showered on the nation.
President Atta Mills said there is no height Ghana cannot attain if its citizens choose the path of discipline, dedication to humanity and belief in the direction of God.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron said recently that aid would be cut to countries which failed to respect gay rights.
Uganda also rejected the threat, with an official accusing the UK of showing a "bullying mentality".
Most Africans argue that homosexuality violates their religious and cultural beliefs.Tweet