Daily Trust (Abuja)

17 January 2014

Nigeria: 'Jonathan Deserves Praise for Signing the Anti-Gay Bill'

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Gay couple holding hands.

Nigerians, particularly the Muslim community need to rise up in defence and support of President Goodluck Jonathan for signing the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill 2011, into law.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Islamic Affairs and Imam of the State House Mosque Barrister Tahir Umar Tahir made the call yesterday in Abuja.

In a statement, Tahir said by signing the bill into law, the president has spoken the minds of many Nigerians who have rejected the obnoxious proposal which negates the teachings of Islam and the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

"The institution of marriage as ordained by Allah and practiced by the Prophet is a legally contracted union between a man and a woman," he said.

He said engaging in homosexuality and other forms of marriage which contradict what was laid down in the Holy Qur'an and the Hadith is frowned at by God.

He described the law as a triumph for the present administration which has been working hard to ensure greater understanding and promote peace and harmony among Muslims and Christians in the country, stressing that the same-sex marriage idea was an unnecessary distraction capable of breeding discontent in the society.

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