Nigerians condemn US criticism of anti gay marriage law

Nigerians have reacted angrily to US
criticism of Nigeria over the anti-same sex bill signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday.

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN,Ndigbo Cultural Society of Nigeria, NCSN;Adada Media Forum, ADF; Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI and some individuals including prominent Nigerians condemned the US attack on Nigeria over the same sex marriage law.

“It is difficult for Nigerians to share
the sentiments of US and its allies on
this matter, considering that it is not
long that some of them approved same
sex marriage,” the National Publicity
Secretary of ACF, Mr Anthony Sani said.

Elder statesman and veteran politician, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, commended Jonathan for signing the bill into law.

“President Jonathan should be
commended for taking a bold step to
signing the bill into law. Same-sex
marriage is not only alien to Nigeria
but to the entire African continent,”
Yakasai says.

“The Federal Government should
ignore whatever other countries will
say on the law because it is meant for
Nigerians only,” he adds.

A statement signed by the former Senate Chief Whip, Senator Rowland Owie said that Nigeria does not regret forbidding same sex marriage.

The NCSN also commended President
Jonathan and the NASS for passing the law against same sex marriage.

“On the issue of marriage, relationship,
social behaviour and our country,
members of National Assembly and
President Jonathan made the best
choice because the law would preserve
and sustain African culture,” The NCSN
President, Chief Udo Udeogaranya, said.

“We commend President Jonathan for
taking a strong moral stand in the face
of vindictive Western world by signing
the anti-gay bill into law. This singular
act has once again crowned President
Jonathan’s efforts towards promotion,
preservation and sustenance of our
African culture, heritage and values,”
he said.

He urged members of the National Assembly and the President to consider filtering and censoring programmes being disseminated into the country from the Western media,saying that is another major step in protecting the young ones from immoral and uncultured views.

“The US government cannot dictate to
us to leave our moral, and accept their
own immoral ways of life,” the Christian
Association of Nigeria, CAN said.

Responding to the US opposition to the
recently signed bill banning same-sex
marriage in Nigeria, the General Secretary of CAN, Rev. Musa Asake said what bothers him most is that, none of those promoting same sex marriage has gays in their family.

“We are solidly behind our president
for doing the right thing. Can they
allow their sons and daughters to
marry each other like that or why are
they bothered to meddle into our own
affairs?” he asked.

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