Nigeria’s anti-gay law not infringement on human rights – Cleric

Gays and their collaborators risk 14 years in jail in Nigeria

The cleric is the Oyo State chairman of CAN.

A cleric, Johnson Olabisi, said on Saturday that it was wrong to consider the law against same sex marriage as an infringement on the human rights of some people.

Mr. Olabisi, the Oyo State Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, made this remark in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan.

“My opinion about this is biblical to the extent that I don’t think any student or cleric of the Bible can assert his own ideas on whatever God does not ordain in the Bible.

“I do not see anyone having the right to alter God’s ordinances concerning marriage; for God ensured that He was the minister-in-charge at the wedding between Adam and Eve.

“We have no human rights to claim before God, because He is the overall master and He has ordained very good things for us.

“Any right against God’s wish can therefore be risky to life and we should remember that God’s judgment is coming one day”, he said.

He, therefore, urged Christians all over the world to follow whatever the Bible says.

Mr. Olabisi commended President Goodluck Jonathan for taking the bold step on the law against same sex marriage.

He urged the President to continue to shun the pressure to reconsider his stance about the law against same sex marriage in the country.

“Majority of the world’s power may be against it, but what God ordained for the world is that a man should marry a woman,” he said.



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  • BlackieUmukoro

    Which useless human rights was violated. If their mothers were lesbians and/or their fathers gay, would they be in existence in the first place? They better tread carefully, and not attract God’s wrath on themselves

  • F Young

    “We have no human rights to claim before God.”

    Johnson Olabisi, I agree that human rights do not originate in religion. Instead, they originate from democracy, of which they are the most essential component.

    As it turns out, one of the important human rights is freedom of religion, which your religion enjoys. Which is why it seems so strange that you seem to be in favour of limiting freedom of religion. For that is precisely what you do when you claim that the government should implement religious doctrine through its laws.

    Bloody centuries of history have shown over and over again that freedom of religion can only exist when there is separation of church and state. It does not exist when every citizen is forced to follow the rules of the dominant religions. Separation of church and state is especially crucial in Nigeria, where Christianity and Islam are equally popular, but diverge in many important respects, such as polygamy, the death penalty, alcohol and divorce, for example.

    Indeed, democracy is fundamentally incompatible with theocracy. Democracy founded in human rights, including religious freedom, can only exist when the state and churches are separate and the laws are enacted for the greater good without regard to countless, conflicting religious doctrines.

    In truth, this law was not really adopted for religious reasons or for any legitimate purpose. Its true aim is to cynically unite Nigerians to persecute a harmless scapegoat in the hope of distracting voters from the utter failure of their politicians to resolve the country’s true problems, most of which can be traced to corruption and religion.

    Today is a black day in Nigeria. Today, Feb 15, armed mobs attacked several gay men in Abuja. Some in the mob shouted, “We are working for Jonathan!” The police later joined in the violence. Similar attacks have also occurred in other parts of Nigeria, as well as religious pogroms.

    So I ask, after the mobs have rounded up all the gays (and heterosexuals mistaken to be gay), who will they round up next? Which minority is next? Is there any hope for democracy in Nigeria?

    Jonathan, Olabisi and the people who support you, may God have mercy on your soul. You know not what you have done. Or do you?

    • emmanuel

      Bastard, you do not know your parents. Someone probably sold sperm to your gay father who handed it to a surrogate mother that had you.

      The USA also is liberal on drug usage, though not in their constitution. Why not campaign for that in Nigeria.

      Olabisi’s opinion is part of his right, just like your warped anal sex opinion is yours but must be kept silently to your evil self, if not the police would find you out someday and the mob would linch you to death if you find your way into Nigeria – fugitive like you

      • F Young

        You know nothing about my family, and I will not have their reputation tainted in your filthy mind.

        You have not rebutted my argument, as you cannot. Your incoherent blathering does not change the fact that the same mobs that now go after homosexuals (and heterosexuals mistaken as homosexual) will go after other minorities once the homosexuals have been exterminated or have all fled. It is a very slippery slope once it becomes okay to say that not all human beings are equal and rights.

        Yesterday, 50 Christians were killed in yet another village, Izghe. Every religion in Uganda is a minority in one part of the country or the other.

        The only solution is to separate the churches from the state and ruthlessly fight the real enemies of Nigeria, the mobs and religious extremists, instead of wasting resources oppressing a harmless minority.

        Your ignorance and hate will not save you when the mob comes after you. May God have mercy on your soul.

  • chike

    I have been following this story as it has been ongoin and I think there is something that tou all fail to understand. Nigerians have a mob mentality, act first and ask questions later and this is how lots of people hace been killed in cold blood because they were suspected of what they are not. I think gay or straight no one has the right to pass jugement of beating or even death to a person because of his/her sexual orientation. The straights will also be affected by this because any guy or girl can hold a beef for another and just spread the rumour, what is your means of proof. This is why I my stand to it it that the Law showuld be reviewed, banning same-sex marriage is perfectly ok, but locking up people “suspected” to be gay is not necessary, that part is against human rights.
    Let us be able to critically analyse this for the benefit of the innocent who will suffer from the second part of the law.