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The recent signing into law of the anti gay bill by the Nigerian president continues to generate diverse reactions from both within and outside Nigeria. Although, many western countries and right groups had condemned the new law, the support that came to the president from many segments of the Nigeria shows that Nigerians indeed support the new law. While those in the west condemn the law from human rights perspective, many Nigerians view and support it from moral perspective.
It’s unfortunate that some African countries have been arm-twisted into accepting or permitting homosexuality within their domains by pressure brought to bear on them by western countries, donor agencies and rights groups. The courage shown by the Nigerian president in signing the anti gay bill should be commended. No people or nation can survive without good moral conducts and civility. To achieve this, laws like the anti gay law are necessary. What homosexuality only hopes to achieve is destroying very important institutions that are necessary for the survival of the society such as family and marriage.
Of what benefit is homosexuality to society? Today in Nigeria, incidences of child abuse are on the increase. The gay syndrome has even worsened the situation. It’s not uncommon to get reports of gays abusing children more often these days since these gays do not have many gays in the population to have ‘sexual’ relationships with.
It’s unfortunate that in some of Nigeria’s educational institutions, many un-guided youths are being lured into homosexuality due to financial enticement and poverty. Back then, homosexuality used to be presented as an act the individual did not have control over but only discovered to be one. Now it is a life style with people being lured into it. The quick spread and destructive impact of the syndrome surely demands the new Nigerian anti gay law.
The international community should respect the decisions of Nigerians concerning the new law on homosexuality. No country has the right to dictate to Nigerians on how best they should live their lives. The new law is indeed compatible with the rights to freedom to Nigerians as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution. No personal freedom is worth upholding that threatens or negates the collective interest of the Nigerian people. Homosexuality should not be an exception.