Vice President Must Demonstrate Leadership: Clarify Stance on LGBTQ+ as He Did with 10% Bet Issue

By Bright Botchway
Article Vice President Must Demonstrate Leadership: Clarify Stance on LGBTQ+ as He Did with 10 Bet Issue
AUG 16, 2023 LISTEN

As a passionate advocate for youth engagement and gender equality, I find it imperative to address an issue of immense significance that resonates with the heart of our nation – the LGBTQ+ discourse. Our beloved Ghana stands at a crossroads, where traditional and contemporary values converge, and it is within this context that I seek to initiate a constructive and open dialogue.

I have observed, with deep concern, the ongoing discussions surrounding the LGBTQ+ bill in our country. In a diverse society like ours, where unity prevails in our diversity, our leaders must provide clear guidance, fostering an environment of understanding and empathy among citizens.

As we traverse this intricate landscape, the resounding call for Vice President Dr. Alhaji Bawumia to express his position on the LGBTQ+ bill has gained momentum. The Vice President, a distinguished and devout Muslim, has consistently shown an unwavering commitment to his faith, and this commitment has been evident in his vocal expressions on issues such as the '10% on bet' controversy.

Today, I humbly extend an invitation to Vice President Dr. Alhaji Bawumia to share his perspective on the LGBTQ+ bill – a perspective that holds the power to guide, inspire, and unite our nation. The values he has upheld, coupled with his role as a leader who champions the aspirations of Ghanaian youth, make his voice a crucial one in the ongoing discourse.

This is not a demand for immediate answers or divisive rhetoric. Rather, it is an invitation to engage in a nuanced conversation, one that considers diverse viewpoints, cultural heritage, and human rights. It is a call for the Vice President to lend his voice to an inclusive dialogue that transcends political affiliations and speaks to the very essence of our shared humanity.

As a youth activist and feminist advocate, my mission has always been to promote understanding, dialogue, and unity. It is in this spirit that I urge the media houses to join us in amplifying this call, as we seek to create a platform where Vice President Dr. Alhaji Bawumia can share his thoughts openly and honestly.

In a democracy that thrives on robust discussions, the Ghanaian youth, and indeed all citizens, deserve a leader who demonstrates integrity, empathy, and transparency. Together, let us create an environment where the Vice President's voice can be heard, not as a politician, but as a visionary leader who guides us toward a future that respects both our cultural heritage and the principles of human rights.

Drawing from the wisdom of the Quran, which emphasizes honesty, integrity, and truth, let us remember the verse:

"O you who have believed, fear Allah and be with those who are true." (Quran, Surah At- Tawbah, 9:119)

We anticipate that Vice President Dr. Alhaji Bawumia's input will enrich the ongoing discourse, fostering a sense of unity, compassion, and understanding among Ghanaians. As we eagerly await his response, I extend my gratitude to the media houses for their continued commitment to the ideals of open dialogue and responsible journalism.

Together, let us embark on a journey towards empowerment, enlightenment, and inclusivity, as we work towards a Ghana that upholds its values while embracing the universal principles of human dignity and respect.

Bright Botchway
Youth activist / feminist advocate