Gay marriage: Nigeria must not succumb to international pressure —Uduaghan

Posted by News Express | 26 January 2014 | 3,210 times

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Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State has said that signing of the anti-gay law by President Goodluck Jonathan is not the end of the struggle and urged religious leaders in the country not to relent in the fight against gay relationship and marriage.

According to the governor, serious pressure is still being mounted on the Federal Government to rescind the law but he stressed that the government and Nigerians are not wrong in standing firmly against gay marriage which he described as repulsive to the senses and taboo to the African culture and norms.

He specifically commended the stand of the Anglican Church on gay marriage, reiterating that “the war is not over, the pressure from the international community is much, but we must not succumb.”

“Gay marriage is a taboo, it will remain a taboo,” the governor said, adding: “I urge our religious leaders that if it is possible, it should be a theme for preaching at all times.”

Dr. Uduaghan spoke yesterday at Onicha-Olona, Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State, during a memorial thanksgiving service in honour of Pa Donald Ochei and Mama Juliet Ochei, parents of the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Victor Ochei. The service was held at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Onicha-Olona.

Earlier, the Bishop of Asaba Diocese of Anglican Communion, Rt. Revd. Justus Mogekwu, had commended Governor Uduaghan for courageously telling the world the truth in far away Ireland that Nigeria abhors gay and gay marriage because it was a taboo to Nigerian culture.

He urged everyone to join the fight to ensure that no matter the pressure, gay marriage would not be allowed in the country.

Also, he urged Christians to live righteous lives and ensure that they assist the less privileged in the society.

•Photo shows Governor Uduaghan.

Source: News Express

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