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We can do without you, stop threatening us – Prof Agyekum tells the West over anti-gay bill

The Head of the Linguistics Department at the University of Ghana, Professor Kofi Agyekum, has emphasized the importance of economic independence for Ghana in the face of threats from foreign agencies and governments regarding the anti-LGBT+ Bill.

Professor Agyekum highlighted that recent warnings of funding cuts from foreign governments and international finance organizations underscore the necessity for Ghana to strive towards economic self-reliance.

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Speaking on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, he commended the resilience of Ghanaians in overcoming economic challenges, citing the experience of the 1984 food crisis.

“In 1983 we thought all Ghanaians were going to die. We went through a serious famine but survived. If we lead a good life, it doesn’t matter the threats, we can survive whatever comes at us,” he said.

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The anti-LGBT+ Bill, passed by parliament on February 28, seeks to criminalize various aspects of homosexuality, including promotion, advocacy, funding, and the acts themselves.

Despite the Ministry of Finance advising President Akufo-Addo against signing the bill into law, citing potential repercussions on international financial support, the President reassured the diplomatic community of Ghana’s commitment to respecting fundamental human rights.

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President Akufo-Addo emphasized ongoing legal challenges to the bill’s constitutionality.

A concerned citizen has invoked the Supreme Court’s original jurisdiction to challenge the bill’s constitutionality, leading to calls for patience until the court issues its ruling.

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