The Senate has once again stamped their feet against same sex marriages in Nigeria. Any gay person in Nigeria who plans to get married to his/her partner will risk spending three years in jail. Those who are involved in the union will also suffer punishments – any person or group of persons who witnesses, abets and aids the solemnisation of the marriage may get five years imprisonment or a fine of N50,000.
The bill was sponsored by Senator Domingo Obende and 13 other senators hit a little hitch when Senator Eta Enang argued that the Criminal Code has already criminalised homosexuality in Nigeria. David Mark, the Senate President stepped in and allowed the bill to proceed. Other senators who supported the bill included senators Victor Lar, George Thompson Sekibo, Ajayi Boroface, Gbenga Kaka, Emmanuel Bwacha and Remi Tinubu.
Lar’s emphasis had its roots in religion. He asserted that same-sex marriage was ungodly and ‘satanic’ and it totally goes against the institution of marriage which God ordained. Furthermore, he stated the whole essence of marriage was for procreation. “If same-sex marriage is allowed who would fill the world tomorrow and who would replace them in the future as senators?” she asked.
This puts to bed the muted call for same-sex marriages in Nigeria from several quarters. Homosexuality is considered a big taboo in Africa, especially in Nigeria and in recent times, those suspected to be homosexuals have been punished in Kenya and Uganda.