Nov 03, 2011 at 3:15pm
Mills' Response To ‘British Gay For Aid’ Policy
COMMENTARY ON PRESIDENT ATTA MILLS' RESPONSE TO BRITISH GAY FOR AID POLICY
Amidst the raging diplomatic storm between Ghana and Britain over gay rights, President Mills has now spoken with unmistakable clarity and characteristics boldness on the issue. No one, he said, can deny Prime Minister Cameron his right to make policies, take initiatives or make statements that reflect societal norms and ideals. But he does not have the right to direct other sovereign nations as to what they should do, especially where their societal norms and ideals are different from those that exist in Prime Minister Cameron's society. “I, as President of this nation, will never initiate or support any attempt to legalise homosexuality in Ghana.” President Mills' statement should effectively put to rest any suspicion of ambivalence in the chambers of power over whether Ghana which is cute in terms of power can stand up to Britain, which is huge in stature. Our religious leaders have spoken in unvarnished terms against tying British aid to legal reforms to permit gay rights. A famous opposition leader went ahead to describe the British threat to cut off aid as satanic. Indeed, the torrent of public anger was unstoppable. All this while, all ears were attuned to the Presidency for comments, simply because leaders in international relations are significant determinants of foreign policy. It therefore came as a big relief to all decent minded and God fearing Ghanaians when President Mills spoke the way he did and passed the diplomatic test with distinction.
Ghana's emphatic stand against gayism will not however stem the tide of emotions nor stanch the flow of blood which is still oozing out of the moral wound inflicted on Ghanaians by David Cameron. Since the days of the slave trade which saw the best of our human resource sold cheaper than sardines abroad and colonial rule which sentenced our forefathers and mothers to second class citizens in the land of their birth, nothing could be more insulting than this. "Licence the immoral practice by homosexuals or risk losing British aid". As a sovereign state, Britain is prone to choose to deviate from acceptable standards of behaviour. But Cameron and his people have no right to trespass the margins of moral authority to shape our moral misconduct.
It is indeed an incredible monumental gall on the part of the British Prime Minister to inflict the ‘gay for cash’ policy on us. At the risk of sounding repetitive, we say again to the British, gayism in Ghana is morally repugnant, culturally offensive and diplomatically insulting. At so many times and in so many ways foreign powers have had their way and ignored our say, even in matters that were at the core of our survival and dignity as a nation. This time round, the imposition of the gay for aid policy has gone horribly wrong and terribly bad. Biblically, we believe however that all things, including the good and the bad work together for our good as long as we pin our hope in God and not tie our fate to aid. The good is that Cameron's audacity to prescribe gayism for budgetary support has not only ignited an emotionally overdrive and nationalistic instincts to defend our sovereign rights. More importantly it has fanned the spark of leadership and created a consensual framework to advance the cause of development. And the consensus is that, we should scale up the lid of leadership and clamp down on the spate of corruption in high and low places.
Indeed, it is of no value to boast of the resources with which we are blissfully blessed, for a nation is not measured by what it has but what it does with what it has. Ghana's best response to diplomatic coercion or threat of sanctions is self-reliance. Meanwhile, we say a big NO to any assistance which is inconsistent with our values and incongruous with the divinely ordained moral world order. God bless our homeland, Ghana.
BY: AFFAIL MONNEY, A JOURNALIST.