It is tantamount to ‘adding insult to injury’. At a time when the country is counting the loss occasioned by the devastating floods in Accra, Britain, our former colonial master has inflicted more dangerous wounds on Ghana. This is in the form of threats to cut off aid if Ghana fails to reform laws banning homosexuality. At the just-ended Commonwealth summit in Berth, Australia, the British Prime Minister, David Cameron minced no words. “Those receiving UK aid should adhere to proper human rights – he said”. The threat applies to general budget support. Britain has gone ahead to suspend budget support for Malawi over gay rights while concerns have been raised with governments of Ghana and Uganda.
Like a dog on a bone, many Ghanaians have launched ferocious attacks on the British Prime Minister for his outrageous parlance. Reactions from the clergy in particular have also been swift and strong. By their critical comments, the General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana, Rev. Fred Deegbe, the General Superintendent of Assemblies of God Ghana, Rev. Dr. Frimpong-Manso and the Ameer and Missionary of the Ahmadiyya Movement, Dr Maulvi Adam have exemplified that the conscience of the religious community is still intact. Interestingly, the common thread which runs through their comments is that Britain can withhold their aid while we preserve our morality. Indeed, one cannot place a price tag on moral values. Aid, in whatever form, pales into insignificance in comparison with a nation’s moral health. No nation is purer than pure, nor whiter than white as far as morality is concerned. It will therefore be preposterous and downright hypocritical to take a moral inventory of Britain when Ghana is battling with its fair share of moral challenges. But it is common knowledge that the moral centre of most of the so-called civilised states including Britain can no longer hold. The recent London riots which exposed the unimaginable levels of deviancy and lawlessness in even British teenagers, forced officialdom to admit the bottomless moral corruption in that society.
Martin Luther once said there is nothing in this world greater than freedom. Now, Ghana’s psychological freedom is under threat from Britain which is dangling the knife of coercive diplomacy before us to relax our laws on homosexuality. In terms of the global system’s hierarchy of power which differentiates the strong from the weak and the great from the marginal Ghana is nowhere near Britain. Like the Biblical David and Goliath, Ghana the David can rely on one intangible factor – the will of the people and of course the backing of the God of Justice to stand up and defend what is right. We must not and dare not buckle amidst the encircling gloom of sanctions. Otherwise we shall not only mortgage our integrity to so-called aid but more seriously invite a national catastrophe of unparalleled magnitude. The experience Sodom and Gomorrah should warn us profusely.
On the issue of International Relations Article 40 (a) of the 1992 Constitution states emphatically that in its dealings with other nations, the government shall promote and protect the interest of Ghana. Our national interest will blatantly be undermined if we give in to the British threat. This threat should heighten our sense of nationalism and stimulate our penchant of resistance against any political coercion or economic sanctions. Whatever is left of our moral values and cultural inhibitions should constitute inherent obstacles to the threat of sanctions. Despite the better of colonialism, Ghana has enjoyed support in varied forms of support from Britain which has contributed to making her democracy a shining star. To say otherwise is to play the ostrich. The greatest legacy is the word of God for which the early missionaries sacrificed their lives. Paradoxically, the country of impeccable religious giants like John Wesley the father of Methodism, and William Williams, who sang the whole of Wales into piety is championing the cause of gayism without any shred of shame nor twinge of conscience. It is said that ‘he who pays the piper, calls the tune’. While expressing our gratitude to Britain for meeting our needs in some areas like budget, we make bold to say that the tune of gayism is too morally discordant to accept. Gandhi teaches us that there is wisdom in taking serious steps with great caution. By tying laxity in moral discipline to aid, Britain has thrown caution to the wind and risks attracting incessant attacks for attempting to turn the Commonwealth into a moral cesspool. In the face of all this, Ghana’s contempt against the British threat of sanctions should have no boundaries. God bless our homeland Ghana.
BY: AFFAIL MONNEY, A JOURNALIST.
Source: Ghana Broadcasting Co. http://gbcghana.com/index.php?id=1.358651.1.636036