Ghana’s Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, has for over a decade now, vowed to protect the human rights of homosexuals or gays in Ghana – TODAY, she stands VINDICATED for doing so.
This woman has explained in plain words that “I have not said anywhere that I will promote homosexuality. What I have said is to protect the human rights of everybody. I pledge to protect the rights of homosexuals.”
Unfortunately, this simple stance of her which simply means, she does not support homosexuality but would fight for their rights at all time – so that an employer will not turn an applicant’s job application down simply because the fellow is gay or some hooligans would pounce on a gay or someone suspected to be gay and lynch the fellow.
She has always come under attack with regards to her stance on the issue of homosexuality. Even when the current president nominated her to be vetted and appointed to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, it became a national debate – where some said the president is forcing a demon on Ghanaians who will come and promote homosexuals or help pass a law to legalize homosexuality.
Appearing before Parliament’s Appointment, Nana Oye Lithur indicated that the issue of whether Ghana should accept homosexuality was a societal issue, which ought to be debated and decided upon by the society. This woman has been consistent on human rights protection – of which gays rights are part.
Today, I wish to state that, Nana Oye Lithur has been vindicated. Why? News broke out that, Students of St Paul’s Senior High School in Denu in the Volta Region, were engaged in riots on Friday night that led to the death of one student, as police had to be called in to handle the situation.
Citifmonline reports the students were irate over the protection being given by school authorities to two guys who had been caught ‘doing it’. They felt they should be allowed to administer instant justice to the two, for the crime of daring to do it to a man- and not finding a lady like any decent senior high school student would.
The feeling was that school authorities took no action to those believed to be practicing it in the past, so it was time to take the law into their own hands.
After futilely trying to control their students; who were rioting, destroying school properties and blocking access to the major roads around the school- authorities called in police. It was during attempts to control the situation that one student died, though it’s unclear what might have caused his death.
Some students say the police fired into their midst, leading to the one fatality. Police have denied their involvement, so it looks like a war of words. Still, students should not be dying through avoidable situations like this.
I read comments on social media regarding the story and many are now cursing those who beat up the guy. I’m sure that those people now understand why Nana Oye Lithur has always fought for equal better treatments for gays too.
Beating a gay will never stop or squeeze their feelings out of their bodies – they are humans just like you who bonk a woman. If you have a better alternative for them, unfurl it – beating and insult is definitely not the way to go. Until then…MOTWUM!