The IRONY: Why the CIVIL LIBERTIES organisation supports the #AntiGayLaw – President

by Oge Okonkwo

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Human rights group, Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) has applauded the National Assembly for initiating the anti-gay bill which was recently signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The CLO describes the law as just and acceptable unlike some human rights groups across the world which are against the anti-gay laws in Nigeria calling it an infringement of human right.

Speaking to reporters from The Punch, the  Executive Director of CLO, Ibuchukwu Ezike said the recently passed anti-gay law is commendable and accepted by Nigerians.

The Punch reports:

He said, “It’s a welcome development. If there is anything the National Assembly has got right since inception in 1999, the anti-gay law is one. If you are representing the people, you take decisions and make laws that the people will appreciate. The cultures and religions of Nigerians are against a man having an intimate relationship with another man; or a woman getting married to a woman.

“From creation, human beings were not made in such a way that a man can marry a man or a woman can sleep with a woman. If the National Assembly has promulgated a law that is in consonance with the desires of the people, then it is a just law and it is acceptable to the CLO.”

Ezike added that Nigeria, as a sovereign nation, could not be forced to conform to the norms of other nations.

He said, “It does not matter what the world is doing. Gay marriage is an aberration, which we cannot accept in our society. We cannot always copy what the world is doing. We can start our own and the world will copy us.”

The CLO boss however noted that, with the prevalence of unlawful arrests, detention and extrajudicial killings in the country, there was the possibility of the human rights abuses resulting from the enforcement of the anti-gay law.

He said human rights organisations, such as the CLO, would be on the lookout to ensure that nobody gets punished unjustly on account of the new law.

“That is where human rights organisations come in. If you say somebody committed a crime, you must prove it beyond anyreasonable doubt that the person did it,” he said.

The Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act prescribes penalties of up to 14 years in jail for persons who engage in gay marriage, and up to 10 years for membership or encouragement of gay clubs and groups.

The law also prescribes a 10-year jail sentence for gay couples, who display affection in public. It also prescribes penalties for

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  1. I strongly disagree my brother. it is nt just right. It used to be a taboo just as INCEST is today. Buh I tell you a time is gonna come when fathers wud come out to marry their daughters all in d name of RIGHTS. Think of the immediate consequences also. We mite have to start teaching our kids new definitns of marriage, mum n dad etc. It is disgusting. QED

  2. I strongly disagree my brother. it is nt just right. It used to be a taboo just as INCEST is today. Buh I tell you a time is gonna come when fathers wud come out to marry their daughters all in d name of RIGHTS. Think of the immediate consequences also. We mite have to start teaching our kids new definitns of marriage, mum n dad etc. It is disgusting. QED

  3. I strongly disagree my brother. it is nt just right. It used to be a taboo just as INCEST is today. Buh I tell you a time is gonna come when fathers wud come out to marry their daughters all in d name of RIGHTS. Think of the immediate consequences also. We mite have to start teaching our kids new definitns of marriage, mum n dad etc. It is disgusting. QED

  4. It is my strong opinion that the antigay law is unnecessary. People should be free to leave their lives as they choose. It is not a question of copying western ideologies, which in any case a proven to be far above and beyound our level of reasoning. This underpinning fact is that of choice, as long as that choice by any one human being does not endanger the lives of others. We live in a society where we are so quick to flex muscles over minor issue leaving the major ones. We seem to forget that the nigerian constitution is not an extract from the Holy Bible. In summary, I say – live and let live. Let's pass laws against the things that are truely holding us back – corruption and incompentent leadership. Enough said.

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