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