I can’t shake hands with gays — Nana Obiri Boahen

Outspoken Ghanaian lawyer, Obiri Boahen, says he cannot exchange handshakes with members of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex (LGBT) community.

This decision, the famous legal practioner said, will prevent him from being restless and going through any physiological truama.

He was speaking to Agyemang Prempeh on Power 97.9FM’s Power Entertainment on Saturday, 8 August 2020.

According to him, knowing that someone indulges in the homosexuality act and he shaking hands with the person will make him feel uncomfortable, hence, his decision to avoid greeting such people.

Mr. Boahen was called unto the RTP Radio Entertainment Programme of the Year to share his view on the Mzbel-Tracey feud over a married man.

During his submission, he asserted that women hurling insults at each other publicly is not Ghanaian and it undermines our cultural values as people.

“Under the Ghanaian culture, African society, women cherish our tradition and cultural values. Whites women are different. If Whites women are doing that their cultural values and ours are different,” the lawyer said.

In his view, our cultural values frown on jabs throwing, same way it prohibites homosexuality and other deeds legal and accepted in other parts of the world.

“Gay marriage and homosexuality are accepted. We can’t permit gay marriage, if we allow homosexual marriages someone won’t share the same plate with them. Imagine that (I’m not insulting someone’s behavior or conduct) if two gay men marry and they are eating then you tell me to join them, I will feel someway. I’m not talking against them, I’m not insulting them either but societal perceptions doesn’t allow you to do such stuff.”

Mr. Obiri Boahen went on to state without mincing words and fear of being berated that there’s no way he could shake hands with a gay.

“No no. No gay can shake my hands. I’m not insinuating he’s not human to greet me but I will feel uneasy,”

Similarly, he indicated that if he’s aware a woman indulges in lesbianism he will not be comfortable shaking hands with her.

“God didn’t create us [humans] to be homosexauls. So, if you are doing that then, at the back of my mind I wouldn’t be comfortable.

“I remember I was moving from, was it Germany to Ireland? It been quite sometime. It seems a man was pregnant, he wasn’t sick. We were sitting adjacent when I saw that I felt uncomfortable. Luckily, the flight wasn’t up to the capacity. I relocated to other unoccupied seat. I can’t sit aloof. If I sat there and they [the flight attendance] serve us meal and he’s beside me, I might lose appetite”

By: Bernard Ralph Adams /Mypowerfmonline.com/Ghana

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