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"People like us will be in the fore front with Bishops and others to bind ourselves together, I can assure you" were the words of Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu the Spokesperson for the Chief Imam, as he stated in reference to his comments on demonstrating if anti-gay bill in Parliament is not passed.
In an interview followed by Koku1 on UTV by Host Agya Kwabena, The spokesperson for the office of the Chief Imam stated that when the Chief Imam first heard about the incident of LGBTQ+, he said that was a taboo and he immediately instructed them to hold a press conference to speak against it.
He encouraged all persons (including non-christians and non-muslims) in the country to rise up against this act of LGBTQ+. He added that the legal minds and academicians fighting against the bill put before Parliament should be overlooked, since this issue of LGBTQ+ is far beyond academics and intellectual discus or debate. It is a debate that also involves the spiritual and moral values as a people, which seeks to affect the family values of our societies. He said human beings are not only human because of our physical bodies or by what we eat, wear or see; but our true humanity is base largely on our values, otherwise we could be likened to animals.
Sheikh Aremeyaw stated that the mind has a connection to the heart and soul, and that is what makes a complete human being and not just the mind, which mainly houses intellectuality. He urged those leading the fight against the bill in Parliament to stop making the argument of rationality and pure intellectuality of "Rights" and consider into the future. He made this reference to the Quran and explained that some may have eyes but cannot see.
He highlighted that like some Christians have done, the Muslims will also urge that when it comes to voting on the bill, Parliamentarians should be allowed to make an Open vote and not a secret vote. So that Ghanaians would know those who voted for or against the anti-LGBTQ+ bill, in order for them as citizens to make the right choices in our future elections. This he believes would also expose those who could take the bold decision to visit them as opinion leaders in the society when they come seeking their mandate during the election period. He reminded those against the bill that "Academics without God is empty pride".
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