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92 percent of Nigerians are against gay marriage - Minister of Justice
| October 23, 2013
Speaking at the on-going 17th session of the Universal Peer Review, UPR, mechanism of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr Mohammed Adoke, SAN, addressed the issue of same sex marriage in Nigeria saying that gay marriage is against the culture and traditions of Nigerians The Attorney General said "Nigeria does not accept recommendation of some countries on same sex marriage, because it is against its national values. Recent polling data suggests that 92 percent of Nigerians support the Anti Same-Sex Marriage Bill passed by the Senate." "The Marriage Act defines marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman. Christianity and Islam, which are the major religions in Nigeria, also recognize marriage as relationship between a man and woman. Same-sex marriage is not in the culture of Nigerians. Sexual and gender minorities are not visible in Nigeria and there is no officially registered association of gays and lesbians. In writing this report, a consultation and validation process was held with various stakeholders where the issue of same-sex marriage was brought up, and the general view of the participants was that same-sex marriage was not a human rights issue in Nigeria." Nigeria's House of Reps passed a bill in 2013 to ban gay marriages while the Senate passed a similar bill in 2011. The bill also bans gay organizations and the "public display of a homosexual relationship. Nigeria has continued to resist efforts to legalize gay marriages and earlier this year, the Minister of Foreign Affairs questioned if the Western countries that want to impose their own values on Nigeria would accept Nigeria imposing what is acceptable in Nigeria, such as polygamy, which is currently illegal in their countries. Homosexual relationships are strongly opposed in most African communities although homosexuals are quietly tolerated in some of the major cities in Africa. South Africa is the only country in Africa where same-sex marriages are legal. Related: - - Nigeria under pressure from international community to legalise homosexuality - Minister of Foreign Affairs - House of Reps passes anti-gay marriage bill - 14 years in prison for homosexuals that get married.

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lejos del usa 6    Caracas, Venezuela    October 28, 2013
NIgeria--thank you for being a nation that believes in Gods Laws--you are a inspiration to the free nations of the earth--you know full well the tortures of colonialsms --now the USA-- Britian West Euro nation want to torture you again & impose thier homosexuals & lesbians laws on you & all the free nations that resist such disgrace.

Obama-- Hilllarry Cllinton etc all think they are above God--they need to be told--stay away from the free nations--do not take their Judas Silver of $$--its a trap-- remember -- when the now deceased President of Venezuela-- Hugo Chavez stated the new colonailsts will come for your children-- women-- nations etc?? well-- it looks like he was correct--NIgeria--& all the people of NIgeria-- we of the free nations salute your morality-as you see- many nation are now joining you resisting the colonialsts beside Venezuela-- Hungary-- Russia--Ukraine-- Ghana--kKnya--Uganda--Bulgaria--Jamaica--Belize--etc-- you are not alone!

Blessings to you!
James Udo Kalu    Port Harcourt, Nigeria    October 25, 2013
Minister Sir, you are correct, including me!
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