Posted by Mayowa Okekale, Abuja | 22 July 2015 | 3,777 times
The United States of America has failed in its attempt to make visiting Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) a gay marriage convert, it has been revealed.
The revelation was made this afternoon by Mr Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity.
The Presidential Spokesman, who is part of the Nigerian delegation currently on a four-day US visit at President Barack Obama’s instance, tweeted: “The issue of gay marriage came up here yesterday. PMB was point blank. Sodomy is against the law in Nigeria, and abhorrent to our culture.”
According to Adesina, “Talks shifted to another matter once PMB emphatically stated Nigeria’s stand on same sex marriage. The issue was not pushed.”
The Presidential Spokesman, however, clarified that “the same sex marriage issue came up at the joint session of Senate and House Committees on Foreign Affairs, not in direct talks with Obama.”
There had been reports before the visit that the US Government would attempt to get Buhari to accept the idea of gay marriage, which is legal in United States but unlawful in Nigeria.
News Express reports that Nigeria’s insistence on criminalising gay relations culminating in a legislation stipulating 14 years in jail for the act, was one of the issues that strained relations between the Obama administration and that of the immediate past Nigerian government under the watch of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.
•Photo shows President Buhari with US Secretary of State John Kerry . . . yesterday in Washington, DC.
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