Alhassan Siba Abdul Rahim, a Muslim youth believed to be a bi-sexual in Sabongida, a suburb of Tamale, in the Northern Regional Capital is on the run for close to three years now for fear that his life is at risk.
Abdul Rahim whose father is a well known Sheikh (an Islamic scholar) in Tamale flee the regional capital since July 2014, for fear of his life being taken by irate youth.
Abdul Rahim who was always receiving insults and death threats from some angry Muslim youth in the area where he was living could not reveal the issue to anyone but, to go into hiding where no one knows his whereabouts till date.
Speaking on strict conditions of anonymity, Abdul Rahim’s friend name “Withheld” said: “ we still don’t know where he is hiding or which country he has left Ghana for and I am appealing to everyone to protect him wherever he is.
“Being a bisexual does not mean he should be thrown or chase out of the community, it is his feeling to practice, though the laws of Ghana’s frowns on it.” He added.
According to the friend, Abdul Rahim who would be 25 years in December 2017 always hed the view that though he is a Muslim and the father is a well known Islamic Scholar, he has the free will as a human being to chose which relationship to go into whenever they were arguing.
He said the physical insults and death threats through mobile phone calls from some angry Muslim youth in their area on account of his perceived engagement in bi-sexualism instigated his flee.
He said Abdul Rahim inform him as a friend about the threats which he did not at that time consider serious, but could not also report it to the police for fear that the laws of Ghana would not permit the practice of the act.
“Some days later Abdul Rahim confessed to me that he was in the practice of bi-sexualism before leaving the town.
In Ghana, the Criminal Code 1960, amended in 2003, section 104, states that: “Whoever has unnatural carnal knowledge (a) of any person of the age of 16 years or over, without his consent shall be guilty of a first degree felony and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term of not less than 5 years and not more than 25 years, or (b) Of any person of 16 years or over with his consent is guilty of a misdemeanor.
This informs the citizenry that despite Ghana being signatory to many international conventions on human rights, the country’s laws, conventions and accepted cultural practices do not recognised the rights of gays as de-facto and de jure, therefore, no recognition or protection against discrimination on the basis of one’s sexual orientation
It will be recalled that Ghana’s late President John Evans Atta -Mills at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) represented by his then Vice President John Dramani Mahama in Australia in November, 2011, categorically stated that Ghana as a sovereign state will not bow to pressure from outside to adopt a practice or concept which runs counter to the cherished heritage, customs and values.
President Mills on his return from the 18th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on August 2012 said: “the Ghana Government stands by its position that it will not support homosexuality or bi-sexualism which is against the culture and norms of Ghanaians and as long as the Ghanaian society frowns on it and against the wishes of the people,” when Journalists wanted to know his stance on the issue
The practice of homosexuality and bi-sexualism have many political, economic, social, psychological, religious and ethical underpinnings and ramifications but the practice of lesbianism and homosexuality is now common in many f Ghana’s learning institutions, ‘where we have boarding facilities, such as the teacher training colleges, senior secondary schools, technical schools and our universities.