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Anti-gay law: Lawyers urge government to resist foreign pressure

16 January 2014, 16:05

Lagos - Some prominent lawyers in Lagos on Thursday urged the Federal Government not to succumb to foreign pressure to decriminalise same-sex relationships in the country.

The lawyers, in separate interviews with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), lauded President Goodluck Jonathan for signing the bill into law.

NAN reports that the law prescribes penalties of up to 14 years in prison and bans gay marriage, same-sex “amorous relationships” and membership of gay rights groups.

Onyekachi Ubani, Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja branch, said that majority of Nigerians were very happy with the law.

"If you carry out a plebiscite today, you will see that majority of Nigerians are very happy with the law."

Also speaking, Mussodiq Sanni, the Chairman, Muslim Lawyers' Association of Nigeria (MULAN), Lagos State chapter, told NAN that it was a welcome development.

Another lawyer, Wale Ogunade, said it was hypocritical that the same international community which could not sanction some countries with gross human rights abuses was threatening Nigeria.

According to him, God in his infinite wisdom created man and woman for the purpose of procreation.

On his part, Victor Okpara, a Lawyer, said he would have been surprised if the president did not assent to the bill which was passed by the National Assembly in May 2013.

. -NAN


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