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Nigeria stands ground on gay marriage, death sentence

01 July 2013, 07:23

Abuja - Nigeria this past weekend resisted calls to accept same sex marriages and abolish the death penalty.

The resistance came in Abuja during a stakeholder’s consultative forum to discuss a draft report to the United Nations Human Rights Council resolutions in Abuja.

Speaking at the forum, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru, said same sex marriage could not be forced on the country.

Nigeria’s constitution does not accommodate gay rights.

"We should not shy away from defending what we believe is right," Ashiru said.

Ashiru further said the abolition of the death penalty should not be blamed on Nigeria because the Criminal Code in use was enacted by the colonial masters.

Nigeria is a former British colony.

“If anything is wrong about it, why are they blaming us,” Ashiru said.

- CAJ News



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