Christian Association In Nigeria Lauds Anti-gay Act

Channels Television  
Updated January 15, 2014

Felix OmobudeThe leadership of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria has applauded the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, for signing the bill on anti-gay marriage.

The president of the association, Reverend Felix Omobude, said that “engaging in same sex union is contrary to Nigeria’s culture”.

“We must not import everything because it is happening somewhere else. If you even remove Christianity and Islam and go to the very tradition of the people, we abhor same sex marriage.

“In Nigerian tradition, the people are raised up to have a man and woman marriage.

“How can a man marry a man? It is strange to us and I think the National Assembly did what is right and the president also did what is right. He would have upset the nation if he had done otherwise,” he told Channels Television on Wednesday.

The Act contains penalties of up to 14 years in prison and bans gay marriage, same-sex “amorous relationships” and membership of gay rights groups.

It was passed by the National Assembly in May 2013 and signed into law on Monday, January 13.

Two similar bills have been proposed since 2006 but failed to make it through Parliament.