SHOWDOWN: U.S. homosexuals resident in Nigeria will be prosecuted, says presidency.
USAfrica, Houston: The Political Adviser to Nigeria’s President, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak has warned that the anti-homosexual bill passed by Nigeria’s parliament will be enforced and has to be obeyed by all persons who come into Nigeria, especially Americans: “This is Nigerian law; it is not American law and if you are an American and you come to Nigeria, you must subject yourself to our law and if you are caught violating this law or any other law, you will be prosecuted accordingly.”
On Monday December 12, 2012 in Abuja, Gulak added that: “No community in this country supports same sex marriage. I have not had any community in Nigeria that supports gay or lesbianism or what have you. So, our laws are for our country and not for the Americans…. If Americans like, they can go and be marrying themselves as men and women; that is their problem, that is their culture, but in Nigeria, our laws are that no same sex can marry; we have said no to same sex marriage. And if you are discovered to have done that, there is a penalty for that.”
The strong opposition seen across Nigeria’s parliament led by David Mark, the Nigerian Presidency led by Goodluck Jonathan, clergy/clerics and cultural leaders against same sex (homosexual/gay) marriage and relationships has set the country on an inevitable collission course with the activist, pro-same sex/gay stance of the presidency of the first African-American leader of the United States, Barack Obama and his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Especially in the light of the activist position of Obama/Clinton directing American government officials and embassies to “ensure that US diplomacy and foreign assistance Promote and protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, and transgender persons.”
(see USAfricaonline.com special report Same-Sex Marriage and Homosexuality showdown: Nigeria’s Senate President, Ghana’s Minister insist they are “offensive” to Africans; UK Prime Minister threatens to withdraw aid, draws fire).
Consequently, funds, legal, moral, and consular support for homosexual organizations will be provided by U.S government under Obama. Nigerians and African countries, except South Africa’s government, have expressed an overwhelming, massive rejection of same sex marriage and homosexual life. Obama’s late father was a Kenyan.
Also, Nigeria’s Information Minister Labaran Maku has cautioned the U.S and Britain to respect Nigeria’s rights as an independent country in making laws which conform with Nigeria’s “cultures,… beliefs and values.”
Meanwhile, John Nagenda, a senior adviser to Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni has said to The Monitor of Uganda that “Homosexuality here is taboo, it’s something anathema to Africans, and I can say that this idea of Clinton’s, of Obama’s, is something that will be seen as abhorrent in every country on the continent that I can think of.”
Several gay rights activists say they are harshly attacked and criminalized for their lifestyle.
A December 11, 2012 report by Sudarsan Raghavan of The Washington Post Foreign Service quotes Monica Mbaru, Africa coordinator for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, based in Cape Town, as saying that “It has never been harder for gays and lesbians on the continent… Homophobia is on the rise.”
To the contrary, the report quotes Giles Muhame, a 22-year-old journalist as noting that
“The world is under siege by homosexuals. They want to control the world, and they are starting with Africa.”
The Houston-based USAfrica News Index monitor for August-November 2011 shows that the feeling against what Muhame calls the Obama/Clinton activist pro-homosexual memo as “starting with Africa” will drive more wedge between two of Africans’ favorite American politicians and a culturally conservative continent.
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