Friday, March 6, 2009

Shocking Headlines Ahead of the Public Hearing In Nigeria

There are headlines on the issues in Nigeria, see the above link

Same-sex marriage in Nigeria? Never!... MULAN, others vowThe Muslim Lawyers’ Association of Nigeria (MULAN) says it plans to make a presentation at next week’s Public Hearing on the bill against same sex marriages in the country. Hassan Fajemite, Chairman, Lagos state chapter of MULAN, disclosed this during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Lagos.

``We are in support of any bill that will completely enforce a ban on same sex marriages in Nigeria. ``Of course, in the penal code which operates in the Northern states and the criminal code which operates in the southern states, same-sex marriages are not allowed.``We plan to make a presentation on the issue at the Public Hearing by the House of Representatives next week in Abuja,’’ he said. Fajemite said same-sex marriages were alien to Africa, while the Islamic religion also forbids it. ``Even the African traditional religion also frowns at such a strange lifestyle.

``Same-sex marriages do not foster procreation. We wonder why anybody in his right mind will support it,’’ he said.When NAN contacted the scribe of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Pastor Wale Adefarasin, on telephone on the issue, he said: ``Whether the Christian faithful in the country will make a representation at the Public Hearing or not, our stand on the issue is clear.``We stand against same-gender marriages and the Bible is against such a lifestyle as it does not glorify God,’’ Adefarasin added.

The Federal Executive Council under ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, approved a draft bill which sought to prohibit same-sex relationships and marriages in January 2006.The bill provided for a prison term of up to five years, without the option of a fine, for anyone who contracts any marriage or has a relationship with a person of the same gender.Anyone who aids or supports same-sex marriages or relationships would also be liable under the bill.

According to reports on the website of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, the then Justice Minister, Chief Bayo Ojo (SAN), also backed the bill, saying that ``same-sex marriages are unAfrican and are prohibited in both the Bible and the Qur’an’’.

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