Activists say Ghanaian Muslims denouncing gay crackdown are ‘working to Islamize Africa’

A group of Ghanaian Islamists has denounced the new government’s crackdown on the country’s gay community as “harassment” and have complained that police are asking members of their organization to provide information about the community’s members.

“It is important for you to know that many of the so-called ‘so-called’ homosexuals are also practicing heterosexuals,” Jo-Marie Dantey Swah, president of the Organization of Christians and Evangelicals of Ghana, or OCHOIG, wrote in a letter dated March 16, The Nation reported.

“The harassment of these so-called ‘homo-folk’ is actually part of the broader campaign to Islamize Africa, which is being engineered in great part by radical, western-influenced religious leaders who are so far doing a superlative job of helping to destabilize and destabilize African governments,” he wrote.

The letter was released as Ghana’s new government faces growing pressure over reports that it is investigating more than 30 gay men and women across the country for allegedly engaging in gay sex, The Mercury newspaper reported Monday.

According to that report, Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo, who was elected in December, campaigned last year on a platform of defending the country’s sexual practices.

“Ghana will never accept gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people,” Akufo-Addo told a group of Ghanaians who prayed for him during his election campaign. “We have taken note of some American NGOs which have sent their gay friends and helpers to Ghana to destabilize our country. As a Christian people, you cannot tell me and our young people that what happened in America is acceptable. These people are coming here because of the homosexual culture, the lesbian culture, the transgender culture. They want to convert our people. What is acceptable to them is not acceptable to us. We shall resist. We shall resist. We shall not be an American colony. We shall not be an American colony.”

Dantey Swah reportedly gave “specific details” about his OCHOIG organization and its role in shaping what he called the “jihadization of Africa.”

A New York Times report from 2017 on the rise of black nationalism in Africa noted that African leaders, “often leaders of large, religiously conservative and neo-colonial African countries” were “crying out” for the arrival of a “prophetic movement, reminiscent of African American religions, as a measure of support.”

“African homophobia has, for a long time, been very restrained by conservative religious leaders,” OCHOIG member Genina Ncube is quoted in the Times report as saying. “The church tends to steer clear of it. This is why we have such a robust celebration of it at this particular time.”

“For us, it’s very important that you will have prayer warriors,” Ncube continued. “Our president has demanded prayer warriors, so we will certainly fulfill that.”

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