This Day (Lagos)

6 December 2012

Nigeria: Chapel Admonishes Jonathan On Homosexuality Bill

In a bid to get rid of imported culture and sanitise the society of immorality, the Chief Resident Minister of the Chapel of the Healing Cross Council Lagos, Rev. Tunde Osho, has advised the President Goodluck Jonathan to, as a matter of urgency, sign the bill against homosexuality in the country, hinting that: "What the country wants is a place where God is honoured and not otherwise."

He said this at a press conference heralding the 50th anniversary of the Chapel in Idi-Araba, Lagos yesterday, adding that: "Unfortunately, the Christians, who are in the law making bodies of this country, whether the House of Representative or Senate, do not appear to be up to the task on why they are there."

He also posited that no religion is in support of homosexuality. "If the bill that says there should be no same sex marriage in the country has reached the presidency, the President should please go ahead and sign it into law because we do not want such in our society."

He explained that it was quite unfortunate that such ungodly act is taking the front burner in the polity, while the National Assembly seems helpless to aggressively legislate against it. "Yes, it is a circular body but we should not forget the fact that God has put us there for a purpose. We must speak out against things like that and I pray that the President does not embrace anything that has to do with homosexuality.

"The Church of God today doesn't keep to the Bible principles even the priests, who are meant to be custodians of this word and are to disseminate the good news to people in the right way. Scripturally, homosexuality is wrong. Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed, because the people displayed this act even when the angels of God came to them; thinking that they could play homosexuality with the angels. The Scripture is against it and the church must be against it.

"Therefore, if there is any church not against it, then that church should go and read the scripture and see if it wants to live along with the Bible."

"But as a priest of God I believe the church should uphold the word of God. Homosexuality is not right and we should not encourage it in anyway," he added.

Meanwhile, the interdenominational church has lined up activities for the anniversary which include fund raising of N100 million for four important projects including the endowment fund for College of Medicine best three graduating students from the faculties of basic Medical Services, Clinical Services and Dental Services respectively. The fund will also accommodate the purchase of heart diagnosing machine for the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) in Idi Araba, build and furnish a crèche, which will be adequately covered for safety, adding that some of the existing infrastructure of the chapel will be developed.

The Chapel leaders however, said that the Chapel of the Healing Cross as well as the Protestant/Ecumenical Chapel of the Medicine faculty of the University of Lagos and the LUTH, Idi Araba will be 50 years by January 2013.

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