Report: Canadian gvmt canceled Nigerian president’s visit after he signed homosexuality law

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan

The article was culled from LifeSiteNews.com

African media is reporting that a state visit by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to Canada planned for February has been canceled by the Canadian government because Jonathan signed his country’s controversial homosexuality law.

The law imposes a 14-year prison sentence on anyone who enters a “same-sex marriage contract or civil union” or aids and abets such an action. It also bans public displays of affection between homosexuals, along with gay clubs and organizations.

SaharaReporters.com reports that sources in Abuja said the Nigerian ambassador to Canada, Ojo Madueke, was told by an undisclosed Canadian official to inform President Jonathan that the state visit to Canada scheduled for February 13-14, 2014 had been scrapped.

Attempts by LifeSiteNews to reach the Nigerian High Commission in Ottawa for a statement were unsuccessful.

Canada.com reported that its attempts to verify the African media reports through the office of Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird were also unsuccessful, with the Foreign Affairs department stating only that “no visit is scheduled” and that the government looked forward to welcoming the Nigerian president “at a future date.”

John Baird is well known for pushing homosexual rights as a key component of Canada’s foreign policy.

In October 2012, Baird denounced Uganda at an international summit in Quebec City for actions he believed violate homosexual rights. Uganda has consistently stood against pressure from international gay activists and the UN to accept Western sexual values, passing in 2005 a constitutional amendment that criminalized same-sex ‘marriage’ and specified that “marriage is lawful only if entered into between a man and a woman.”

The speaker of the Ugandan Parliament accused Baird at that time of harboring a “colonial attitude” towards African nations and meddling in the country’s internal affairs.

In reaction to the new Nigerian law against homosexuality, Baird said he was “deeply concerned” about Nigeria’s Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act.

“We call on Nigeria to repeal this law and to promote and protect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all Nigerians regardless of their sexual orientation,” Baird said in a press release on January 13.

“Canada has clearly spoken out against human rights violations committed against people on the basis of their sexuality, and we will continue to do so,” Baird said.

However, the new law has been praised by most Nigerian pro-family and religious groups and has widespread popular support.

Alhaji Ahmed Gulak, President Jonathan’s special adviser on political affairs, defended the president’s approval of the law, and slammed foreign governments for not respecting Nigerian cultural sensibilities and religious beliefs.

“The hostile reaction of Europeans and the United States to the recent signing into law of the bill that outlaws marriages and sexual relations between people of the same sex has not taken into consideration the socio-cultural differences between people of different racial backgrounds, and more importantly the religious beliefs of our people,” Gulak told the AllAfrica news service.

“What the anti-gay law has tried to achieve is to protect and promote family values as we know it from the start,” Gulak explained, adding that there is no way homosexual “marriages” would accelerate his nation’s socio-economic progress.

REAL Women of Canada, which has been highly critical of Minister Baird for imposing what the group says is “his own perspective on homosexuality,” called the reported cancellation of President Jonathan’s visit to Canada “hypocritical.”

“We can surmise that Mr. Baird is demonstrating his opposition to the Nigerian legislation on homosexuality and same-sex marriage,” said Gwen Landolt, the group’s National Vice-President, “but remains silent on the matter apparently so as not to antagonize that oil rich country and derail Canada’s commercial ties with it.”

“He may also be concerned about antagonizing conservative voters who do not like his pushing a homosexual agenda on a country which has a different socio-cultural, racial, and religious background,” Landolt said.

“Mr. Baird is treading a very thin line trying to have it both ways. He may end up undiplomatically, antagonizing everyone,” she concluded.

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LAGOS LAWYER FAULTS PRO-GAY PROTESTS

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Lagos lawyer and human rights activist Mr. Sonnie Ekwowusi, has  said that the castigation of Nigeria and President Goodluck Jonathan by some members of the international community for outlawing homosexuality and lesbianism in Nigeria is unwarranted and a big threat to national security.

On January 7, 2014 President Jonathan signed into law the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill earlier passed and harmonized by the two Houses of the National Assembly. The new anti-gay law completely outlaws gay marriage, gay relationships, registration of Gay Clubs, Societies and organizations; prohibition of Gay publicity, gay procession, gay online meeting and dating and all allied gay practices in Nigeria.

For example, under the new anti-gay law an offender risks going to jail for 14 years for contracting a gay marriage or revelling in other gay practices in Nigeria.

Expectedly, the new anti-gay law has drawn the ire of some members of the international community who describe it as barbaric, unconstitutional, undemocratic and “inconsistent with Nigeria’s international legal obligations.

But speaking to newsmen yesterday, Mr Ekwowusi faulted the above contention. He stated that pursuant to section 4(1) (2) of the 1999 Constitution, our Federal legislators are enjoined to make good laws that conform to the social reality in the country.  The average Nigerian in the street abhors homosexuality, lesbianism or bestiality. In fact the only way to avoid chaos in a society is for the legislature to make laws that accord with the values and aspiration of the people. He stated that the so-called homosexual and lesbian “rights” are unfounded under the Nigerian laws and international law.

Besides, no right to privacy is exercised in vacuum; no freedom of expression is absolute, otherwise right to privacy or freedom of expression becomes a licence for indulging in any stupid deviant behavior. Therefore sections 37 (right to privacy), 38 (right to freedom of thought and conscience) and 39 (right to freedom of expression)  enshrined in the 1999 Constitution are curtailed by section 45(1) of the same Constitution to the effect that nothing in those sections 37, 38 and 39 “shall invalidate any laws that are reasonable justifiable in a democratic society in the interest of defence, public safety, public order, public morality or public health”.

 The Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) law is a law reasonable justifiable in Nigeria to promote public morality and public health. Homosexual and lesbians practices are offensive to public morality and public health. Therefore the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) law is justified in Nigeria.

More importantly, the binding nature of international law is a matter of consent of sovereign States. There is no time nations including Nigeria met and decided that homosexual and lesbian “rights” should become international laws binding on all nations. Therefore somebody cannot be living in New York or London and be making laws that would have a binding force in Nigeria. To do so is to violate the sovereignty of Nigeria. And such a violation constitutes a big threat to national security.

According to Mr. Ekwowusi, it is unfortunate that the Western Cultural Revolution has turned right into a dynamic and subjective process of change that allows for contradictory choices. Hence choice or license has become an absolute principle and a new point of reference of human rights. This has resulted in a new sexual liberation which deconstructs the anthropological structure of man and woman leading to the negation of reality and sexual barbarism.

President Jonathan Signs Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill into Law

Finally, the president of Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday the 7th of January, signed the bill prohibiting same sex marriage into law.

For the benefits of our readers, here are some important excerpts from the law:
Section 3 of the bill reads: “Only marriage contracted between a man and a woman either under Islamic law, customary law or Marriage Act is recognized as valid in Nigeria.”

Section 4 (1) which kicks against gay clubs reads: “The registration of gay clubs, societies and organizations; their sustenance, processions and meetings are hereby prohibited. (2) The public show of same sex amorous relationship directly or indirectly is hereby prohibited.”

Section 1 (2) and (3) reads: “A marriage contract or civil union entered into between persons of same sex is invalid and shall not be recognized as entitled to the benefits of a valid marriage. (3) A marriage contract or civil union entered into between persons of same sex by virtue of a certificate issued by a foreign country shall be void in Nigeria, and any benefits accruing there from by virtue of certificate shall not be enforced by any court in Nigeria.”

The law also banned solemnization of same sex marriage in churches and mosques in Nigeria. Section 2 (1) of the bill provides: “Marriage or civil union entered into between persons of same sex by virtue of a certificate issued by a foreign country shall be void in Nigeria and any benefits accruing there from by virtue of the certificate shall not be enforced.”

Section 5 (1) (2) (3) which stipulates the penalties reads: “Persons who entered into same sex marriage contract or civil union commit an offence and are each liable on conviction to a term of 10 years imprisonment.

“(2) Any person who registers, operate or participates in gay clubs, societies and organization or directly or indirectly make public show of same amorous relationship in Nigeria commits an offence and shall each be liable on conviction to a term of 10 years imprisonment.

“(3)Any person or group or persons that witness, abet and aids the solemnization of a same sex marriage or civil sustenance of gay clubs, societies, organization, process of meeting in Nigeria commits an offence and shall be liable to conviction to a term of 10 years imprisonment.”

Obviously this heroic act of the President has not gone down well with  many leaders across the globe, diplomats  and numerous LGBT advocates who see this as not been civilized and an encouragement of homophobic tendencies.

In the words of United States  Secretary of State John Kerry “Beyond even prohibiting same sex marriage, this law dangerously restricts freedom of assembly, association, and expression for all Nigerians,”

I disagree with John Kerry that this law would restrict the private life of homosexuals, on the contrary it protects it by indirectly stating that homosexuality should be and remain a private affair and they should not start asking for the right to get married or adopt children.

If we say that homosexuals who from all scientific evidence were not born that way but chose to be that way, should have a right to contract a marriage, adopt children, enjoy the benefits of marriages, what are we going to say  to arm robbers, drug addicts etc, who want their own activities also to  become human rights?

If we tow this line we will create an inhuman civilization which we would not want to live in.

I plead once more with the outside world to kindly respect our sovereignty and culture and stop threatening us with their aids. Lets us be

Russia bans Abortion Adverts

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law banning advertisements for abortion.

The prohibition blocks surgeries that specialise in abortion from advertising on TV, radio, in cinemas, through videos, and on all forms of public transport.

The adverts are also banned from the first and last pages of any publication for adults. If the publication is aimed at children, it is banned on all pages, as well as in the premises of any organisation aimed at serving children.

The fines for breaking the law are relatively small for individuals, ranging from around 2000 roubles (around £40) to 30,000 roubles (around £570), but are substantial for companies and any ‘legal person’, at 500,000 roubles (around £9,500).

Putin has made stemming a post-Soviet population decline a priority during 14 years in power and struck a conservative tone in his new term, praising what he calls traditional values and holding up the Russian Orthodox Church as a moral guide.

Wider availability of contraception and a resurgence of religion after the 1991 Soviet collapse have reduced Russia’s abortion rate, but it is among the highest in the world and termination is a top method of birth control.

Now they are suffering population decline.

The government has funded advertising campaigns and offered financial incentives for couples to have multiple children.

The ills of abortion are gradually becoming clearer.

This move by Putin is praiseworthy and should be emulated by other heads of state.

Chinese doctor admits to selling patient’s babies to traffickers

Zhang Shuxia, a respected obstetrician in northern China, told parents their newborns had congenital problems and persuaded them to ‘sign and give the babies up,’ court papers said.

A Chinese doctor has admitted in court that she stole babies from the hospital where she worked and sold them to human traffickers, state media and a court said.

Zhang Shuxia, a locally respected and soon-to-retire obstetrician, stood trial on Monday in northern Shaanxi province’s Fuping county, according to online postings from the court.

While working as an obstetrician at the Fuping County Maternal and Child Hospital in central Shaanxi province, Ms. Zhang persuaded couples to give up their newborns by telling them they had complex health problems, Xinhua said. Six of the seven children Ms. Zhang abducted have been returned to their parents, Xinhua said, while one child who was sold for 1,000 yuan, or roughly $165, died.

This act of Ms. Zhang is not isolated from the one child policy enforced by the Chinese government.

Child trafficking, while problematic globally, has taken hold in China, where there is an underground market for forced labor and prostitution. Police last year police uncovered 1,868 child trafficking cases and 4,760 cases of trafficking of women.

I think this year,many governments should start reconsidering many of its draconian laws. Not only is it not helping human civilization, it is gradually turning it into war front. The survival of the fittest