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Nigeria to engage West on gay marriages

18 June 2013, 09:17

Lagos - Nigeria is not detered by threats from the United States and Britain to withdraw financial aid if the West African country enacted laws to ban same-sex marriages.

While most locals welcomed the decision on such marriages, Britain and the United States expressed their displeasure with the bill saying it was a violation of people's rights.

The Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan, Ruben Abati, said Nigeria was ready to engage Britain and other countries on the issue.
On Monday, British Prime Minister, David Cameron, during a television programme, said his country will engage Nigeria on the matter as it awaited presidential accent.

"The president is ready to engage any country on any issue. The senate has only just passed the bill and it is yet to be accented to by the president.

"If any country feels strongly opposed to the bill, we are ready to engage the country on meaningful discussion," Abati said.

The same-sex bill prescribes prison sentences of up to 14 years.

- CAJ News

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