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Ignore British PM on same sex marriage, CAN, lawyers counsel Buhari


National President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Rev. Samson Ayokunle

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and lawyers have advised the Federal Government not to bow to counsel by the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, on same sex marriage. May had at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London urged Nigeria and other countries to revoke laws banning same-sex marriage. May was quoted saying; “Nobody should face discrimination or persecution because of who they are or who they love and the UK stands ready to help any Commonwealth member wanting to reform outdated legislation that makes such discrimination possible.” 

However, in a statement yesterday in Abuja, CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle noted that the position by May was ungodly, satanic, reprehensible, condemnable and should be rejected by all right thinking people globally, especially in Nigeria. 

For the sake of emphasis, CAN stands by the moral situations according to the Holy Book. We contend that on no account should our government bow to pressure by making Nigeria capitulate while embracing strange culture that allows barren amorous relationship between same sex, not in tandem with mother nature.

Ayokunle observed that Nigerians had unanimously resolved to do away with same sex marriage and had affirmed that by legislation to that effect, adding that Nigeria cannot return to its vomit mainly because of a view canvassed by the British Prime Minister. He argued that the sovereignty of Nigeria allows it to stick fervently to its good law, morals and values and to reject any influence by strange cultures from other climes that are anti-human.

He said, “If we may remind the British authorities, the same-sex marriage contradicts the position of the Scripture and any human law that contradicts the Bible cannot stand. God is the author of marriage and He stated it clearly that it involves a man and a woman.’’ 

According to the CAN President, “The plan of God for marriage is very clear. Men and women are designed to complement each other so they may be capable of satisfying each other’s emotional and sexual needs and of providing children. “This is the position of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and any government that dares to make same sex marriage lawful is not only asking for the wrath of God but that of the Christians and other well meaning Nigerians,” he added. 
The fact that British authorities or all countries of the world practice or allow it does not make it right. Whatever that is ungodly is unacceptable to CAN and to Nigerians. The British Prime Minister should take a lesson from all animals in the bush. As wild as beasts may be, they never contemplate till today indecent sexual relationship of same sex. Same sex marriage is Sodomy No human right should set aside the commandment of God. Man cannot be God to himself/herself.

Meanwhile, lawyers have also rejected the call, saying that the constitution was certain about definition of marriage.The second Vice-President of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Monday Ubani said the country is not bound by the admonition.“We are not bound to take heed to that admonition. Any admonition from foreign powers that do not address our economic and political growth should be treated with absolute disdain. 

“Our culture and religous beliefs forbid what she is asking us to legalise and we have earlier on rejected that advice from Obama and we have also rejected this unsolicited advice from the British Prime Minister. Let them mind their business and give us a break,” Ubani said.

Also, Mr. Oluwole Kehinde said it is an unwarranted counsel and not welcome at all.He said, “Our legal system remain certain about definition of marriage. It is between a man and woman. Our constitution, our laws recognised the dichotomy between a woman and a man. 

“So, she cannot come by unsolicited political counsel or clamour. Moreover, we must recognise our value system, it is true that there may be some things that are negative in African culture but that kind of counsel is not welcome and cannot be accommodated by our value and cultural orientation.”He added that the country does not need to pull out of the commonwealth nation.

“Member states have no legal obligation to one another. The other value and general aims and objectives of the association are there to benefit Nigeria to increase economic cooperation, to encourage democracy and to ensure that country follow human rights. So, we should remain there for the benefit of the country.‎”

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