Daily Trust (Abuja)

15 January 2014

Nigeria: Council Hails Law on Same Sex Marriage

Sokoto — The Da'awa Co-ordination Council of Nigeria (DCCN) yesterday lauded the law on same sex marriage in Nigeria.

President of the council, Alhaji Muhammad Lawal Maidoki, at an event to mark the Eid-el-Maulud said: "We wish to commend the courage of the National Assembly members by standing firmly on their oath of office to protect the interest of the country and the electorate by not only enacting the law banning same sex marriage but also stating a punishment for whoever is caught in the inhuman act of sodomy". He expressed the hope that people will encourage compliance with the law.

Maidoki urged the Muslim community and Nigerians in general to continue to pray for peace, unity and blessing of Allah on the country as the 2015 elections draw near.

On the prophet's birthday, he said though they did not encourage any festivity which is against the teachings of the prophet, it was vital for them to reflect and remind Muslims of the exemplary life and teachings of the holy prophet.

"Apart from patience, generosity, justice ,fairness honesty, humility and kindness to the needy and the weak, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) preached unity, devotion to the right path as well as obedience to Allah and respect for parents, leaders and all established and authentic injunctions of Allah derived from the Quran and sunnah," he said.

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