Nigerian media condemn homosexuality

We are so used to unnatural acts being not just fully legal in the United Kingdom but promoted by the whole establishment not just here but also abroad, that it might come as a culture shock to realise there are jurisdictions in the world where homosexual activity is against the law.

Indeed, there are some, such as Russia, Uganda and Nigeria, where even promoting homosexuality is illegal. The law in Nigeria was passed in 2014. But a subculture can still exist, fuelled by Western influences through social media and Western money channelled through local NGOs or sex tourism.

Clampng down on ‘gay weddings’

Mass arrest at a gay wedding

At the end of August, Nigerian police arrested more than 200 people at a ‘gay wedding’, in one of the biggest mass arrests in recent years.

This comes as the country pushes to stop the promotion of ‘LGBTQ’ in the country.
Same-sex relationships are criminalised in Nigeria, and its penal code carries a punishment of up to 14 years in prison for people who are convicted of entering into a same-sex civil union.

A police spokesman told Christian Voice: ‘A total of 67 suspects were arrested in a hotel in Efurun, Delta State, and have been charged to court.
‘They will be prosecuted for allegedly conducting and attending a same-sex wedding ceremony.’

The Delta State police public relations officer said two suspects have been remanded in prison.

‘Our arrest has nothing to do with personal beliefs. We are a law enforcement agency and it is our duty to uphold the law. This issue will be treated as a crime that it is and nothing more,’ he added.

’Colossial clash of culture’

Onyeka Emekus, a public affairs analyst and consultant in Nigeria said: ‘I see this “LGBTQ” situation as an outcome of the latest emerging trend of what will be a colossal clash of culture, especially as it is an agenda most likely pushed by Western countries who see themselves as benefactors of very poor countries in the southern hemisphere of the global economy.

‘Not only does this challenge the cultural beliefs, it also challenges our religious values, attitudes, norms and laws of Nigerians in this case. But we are doing our best to ensure that we counter those narratives by advising people who think they can live contrary to the laws of nature.

‘For us back here in Nigeria, the “LGBTQ+” is the new abnormal and would continue to be vehemently resisted.

‘It is a signal to the Nigerian populace of what already is entrenched in our society. Howbeit hidden and disguised from the lens of the law. It is a time to be more vigilant so that we can ensure that the sexual perversion that has been imposed on the Nigerian people, and that has been with the Nigerian people must be countered so that we can have a sane society.

Heterosexuality is the way we are and should be. Homosexuality is a practise against the veritable law of nature and eternal boundaries. The crossing of those boundaries should not be encouraged in our country,’ he added.

Newspaper editorial

An editorial in the Guardian Nigeria expressed views we should be unlikely to see in the UK paper of that name. Under a headline, ‘Let the hammer fall on same sex unions’ (‘hammer’’ referring to a court-room gavel), the Editorial Board wrote on 8th September 2023:

‘Acting on a tip-off, operatives of the Delta State Police Command arrested 67 gay members who were, in violation of the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act of 2014, conducting and attending a same-sex marriage between Daniel Pius, ‘male’ (the groom), aged 22, and Maxwell Ohwonohwo, ‘male’ (the bride), at Teebolus Hotel, Ekpan, near Warri, Delta State, at 9:00 p.m.

‘As the operatives swiftly arrived at the said hotel and swooped on the gay ‘couple’ and other gay members, most of whom were males dressed in female attire with artificial breasts and long wigs, they fled in different directions. The police officers gave chase and eventually arrested 67 of them.

‘At the crime scene, police recovered the following items: one codeine bottle, three cups of refined Canadian loud, five sachets of skunk, one sachet of tramadol, four tablets of molly drug, one crusher, and gay marriage ceremonial dresses. The police also possess a recorded video of the gay wedding, and have vowed to prosecute the suspects. Under the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act of 2014, enacted during former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, same-sex marriage and public displays of same-sex relationships attract prison sentences ranging between 10 to 14 years upon conviction in a court of law.

Establishing, supporting, and participating in gay weddings, gay meetings, and gay organisations are also punishable under the Act.

Ignore Amnesty International

‘Not unexpectedly, Amnesty International has called for the immediate release of the suspects, adding that an immediate end should be put to the ‘witch-hunting’ of homosexuals and lesbians in Nigeria. The authorities should discard this admonition for its wrong-headedness to the Nigerian situation; and ensure prosecution of those arrested.

‘The police should disregard all (such) sentiments and immediately proceed to prosecute Daniel Pius, Maxwell Ohwonohwo, and all the 67 arrested suspects in a court of law.

‘The prosecution of these suspects will serve as a deterrent to others who may be contemplating committing the same crime. Disobedience to the law of the land is a gateway to chaos and anarchy. The rule of law ought to triumph above all arbitrary, capricious, and barbaric exercises of personal freedom. Engaging in gay criminal behaviour not only takes a heavy toll on individuals’ mental health but also disrupts families and communities, leading to stress, instability, and a breakdown of the social fabric of the country.

Sodomy ‘not a human right’

‘Same-sex gay marriage, lesbianism, bisexuality, transgenderism, queer behaviour, intersex, and others (LGBTQ1+) are not human rights, contrary to views held by some persons and groups. On June 29, 2016, the most exalted European Court of Human Rights, sitting in Strasbourg, France, delivered a historic and unimpeachable judgment in the case of Heli-Hämäläinen v. Finland to the effect that same-sex marriage and LGBTQ1+ are not human rights.

In any case, gay marriage and LGBT are antithetical to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948, the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and all the regional instruments in Africa. The consensus reached at the various United Nations Conferences is that laws passed in every developing country, and indeed African countries, must reflect the diverse social, economic, and environmental conditions of the continent with full respect for their religious, cultural backgrounds, and philosophical convictions. There is no known international law that obliges Nigeria and other African countries to legalise gay marriage and LGBTQ1+.

Western pressure

‘Notwithstanding this position, the Western countries are constantly pressuring Nigeria and other African countries to embrace “LGBTQ1+”. U.S. President Joe Biden has made “LGBTQ1+” the centerpiece of American foreign policy. As far as the U.S. is concerned, any country that has not legalised LGBTQ1+ rights is not in the good graces of the U.S. To this effect, LGBTQ1+ cartoons targeted at underage African children are widespread across Africa. School syllabi in Nigeria have been corrupted and tainted with LGBTQ1+ ideology.

Unbelievably, subscription to LGBTQ1+ aberration is now a precondition for awarding World Bank-sponsored projects and academic research grants in academia in Nigeria.
‘For instance, Nigerian university lecturers opposed to LGBTQ1+ and sexual orientation aberrations are reportedly being denied research grants. The US government has imposed sanctions on Uganda for enacting the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Act. The US is also contemplating restricting the issuance of U.S. visas to Ugandan government officials.

‘Former President Obama plotted against former President Goodluck Jonathan for outlawing LGBTQ1+ in Nigeria. The European Union (EU) is currently pressuring Africa-Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP) to sign the devious EU-ACP agreement mandating the ACP countries to legalise LGBTQ1+, abortion, and transgenderism in their respective countries.

Adhere to our own values

‘All these should serve as incentive for Nigerian government to end same-sex marriage and LGBTQ1+ aberrations in Nigeria, and to thus encourage other African nations to do same.

The very notion of same-sex cohabitation or marriages, as the case may be, is abhorrent to African sensibilities and quite contrary to the norms and values of the Nigerian people. Laws are made in accordance with the values of a people. Every country is interested in protecting what it holds dear or its cherished values. LGBTQ1+ is a complete departure from African civilisation. We must adhere to our own values and traditions. It is suicidal to import practices and lifestyles that are alien to Nigeria and seek to impose them as laws, all in the name of observing international obligations.

‘More importantly, Nigeria is a sovereign country with the right to decide for herself the kinds of laws to enact for her own good. Government should reject anything that compromises Nigeria’s territorial sovereignty. No foreign country has the right to interfere in how to run the country or which laws to enact.

‘And Nigeria should hold tenaciously to this position notwithstanding the threats or sanctions brandished by the West. LGBTQ1+ goes against our culture, tradition, and beliefs. The West lacks the authority to make laws for Nigeria or dictate the way and manner in which the country formulates her laws. Only marriages contracted between a man and a woman, either under Islamic law, customary law, or the Marriage Act, are recognised as valid in Nigeria.

‘A people without identity are a people without existence. Europe and America are now defined by LGBTQ1+ and same-sex marriages. Nigeria cannot adopt this deviation or blindly emulate foreign lifestyles. Gay practices and gay marriages are illegal in Nigeria, as per the Same Sex (Marriage) Prohibition Act of 2014. Therefore, the attempt to force LGBTQ1+ on Nigeria is illegal, wrong, unhealthy and repugnant to Nigeria’s custom, tradition and religion. It must remain so in the interest of the country’s democracy, foundational philosophical and legal principles.’

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