Lagos - Nigerians welcomed the enactment of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, which nonetheless received condemnation from the United States and other developed nations.
The majority of Nigeria's 170 million people, either Christians or Muslims, described the enactment of the new law banning homosexuality as in line with traditional, cultural and religious beliefs.
Aggrippa Adenigba of Abuja said, “If the Americans and Europeans were so much concerned about issues of same sex marriages as they would want to impose it upon Africans, why did US President Barak Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron not marry other men instead of having beautiful wives?” he asked.
“We always see double standards when things issues come to Africa yet they (themselves) marry women while forcing men from Africa to marry FELLOW men. Such Africans engaged in homosexuality are still fools and uneducated.
"I am happy that the country's majority has finally spoken against the same sex marriage.......and their voices have been heard, so why not live with that law? We have spoken as a nation, so who should deny us our democratic right to denounce what we see as barbaric, satanic and evil?” Adenigba said.
Lagos-based Nwora Abubakar echoed his sentiments.
“I don't see why the so-called developed nations would want to impose their rotten morals on us? Why would someone in Europe want our country to bend the laws to suit non-Nigerians? Those who would want to exercise the same sex marriage must go and do it in America or UK,” he said.
Ikechukwu Okonkwo of Abuja said he was happy that for the first time Nigerian Christians and Muslims unanimously agreed to do away with the "imported" same sex marriage concept.
“For the first time in life, I am so happy to be a Nigerian! I was ashamed to be associated with the old Nigeria that promoted same sex marriage of a man marrying another man at the expense of women.
"Worse still, this barbaric same sex marriage concept failed to give us children before, so why must we continue promoting this useless and unproductive practice? I found myself concurring with the Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, who once said men marrying other men were worse than pigs and dogs.”
"Mugabe was on record saying animals knew their opposite sex partners while human-beings are so much confused not to know those would be their partners. Our country must not defy Jehovah God's authority that compels a man to marry a woman so that the two may have children," Okonkwo said.
Denford Ayere of Port Harcourt expressed his happiness over the signing of the new law.
He said Nigerians should now move forward to address economic issues arguing that the "main obstacle" had been overcome.
“The only war to be confronted now is economic. We have just conquered the homosexuality challenge, so let us take another step towards to liberate our nation economically.
"Right now foreign companies make billions of dollars from our oil but the country does not have good roads, villages where oil is extracted do not have clinics, schools while drinking from unprotected wells,” said Ayere.
Nonetheless, Udoka Lawal said the passing of the law was "a bit unfair."
“We have people, who strongly believe in homosexuality who might feel that their rights have been trampled upon.
"I think the government could have softened its stance on this law. But on the other hand, democracy is about choosing what the majority want,” Lawal said.
- CAJ News