President Muhammadu Buhari has flatly rejected a request by American government to repeal anti-gay law in Nigeria.
The President’s spokesman Femi Adesina confirmed that the issue of gay marriage came up on Tuesday. He said President Buhari was point blank: “sodomy is against the law in Nigeria, and abhorrent to our culture”
President Buhari, who is currently on a state visit to the United States, on Monday met his host, President Barrack Obama. Both leaders discussed several issues which border on bilateral relations and the fight against terrorism.
It is unclear if Mr. Obama directly spoke with Mr. Buhari on legalising same-sex marriage during their one-on-one meeting or other officials of the american authorities did.
The US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, had stated last week that they would continue to pressurise Nigeria until it legalised same-sex marriage.
The God’s Own Country as US is called recently legalised gay marriage, a development, which sparked global condemnations.
Thomas-Greenfield, who said the US had adopted the protection of the rights of same-sex people as part of its foreign policies, vowed that Washington would continue to mount and sustain pressure on Nigeria and other countries to reverse their laws against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community.
She said: “As a government, it is one of the highest priorities and strongest values that discrimination against anyone based on their sexual orientation and gender identity is wrong. We believe human rights should be available to everybody.
“As a policy, we will continue to press the government of Nigeria as well as other governments who have provided legislation that discriminate against the LGBT community.”
Recall that former President Goodluck Jonathan had signed the anti-gay bill into law in 2014 with a 14-year jail term for any offender in Nigeria.