NIGERIAN CHRISTIANS THREATEN TO THROW OUT GAY DIPLOMATS
Tue, 30 July 2013
A furore has erupted in Nigeria over reports that the government would officially recognise the same-sex spouses of gay foreign diplomats.
Last week, the Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Olugbenga Ashiru, was quoted by the News Agency of Nigeria as saying: "Nigeria is not against any country for legalising gay marriage but in our country, given our customs and traditions, as well as religious beliefs, marriage as ordained by God is between a man and a woman."
He went on to add: "But if we have diplomats with same sex spouses posted to Nigeria, we have no choice but to accredit them accordingly because they come from countries where such law is in place."
News of his comments was met with outrage by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) which warned that gay diplomats "will begin to introduce our young people into this evil".
CAN spokesperson Sunday Oibe said: "We want to make it abundantly clear, be it America or Britain or any country that sends a gay diplomat to Nigeria; we will mobilise to chase him out of the country."
Oibe went on to urge President Goodluck Jonathan "to remove the minister because he is going against the wishes of Nigerians".
The Nigerian government has since claimed that Ashiru was misquoted and denied that it would accredit spouses of gay diplomats.
“Nigeria and majority of Nigerians are against gay rights and marriages as it is not part of our customs, religion or law,” Ogbole Amedu Ode, Foreign Ministry spokesperson, told The Guardian Nigeria.
Nigeria recently passed a bill that will not only jail same-sex couples who attempt to marry for up to 14 years but will also imprison anyone who was aware of or was involved in a same-sex marriage without reporting it. The bill will also ban any gay clubs and organisations and any public displays of same-sex affection.