Latest News:  
Beijing   Sunny    1 / -5   City Forecast

People's Daily Online>>World

Nigeria demands respect from Western countries over same sex marriage


18:34, December 08, 2011

ABUJA, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- The Nigerian government has told the United States and other Western countries opposed to the Senate's passage of a bill banning same sex marriage to respect Nigeria's independence, democracy and sovereignty.

Minister of Information Labaran Maku made the government position known in Abuja on Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Nigeria had the right to legislate for its people, the minister said.

Maku told reporters that although the passage by the Senate had not made the bill a law, Nigeria reserved the right to make laws based on the peoples' values and culture.

"Let me make the point clear, our country is an independent country and we reserve the right to make our laws without apology to other countries," he added.

"Between Europe, America and Africa there is a huge culture gap, some of the things that are considered fundamental rights abroad also can be very offensive to African culture, tradition and to the way we live our lives here," he said.

Maku said Nigeria reserved the right as an independent nation to live under laws that were democratically passed by the National Assembly and assented to by the President.

The Nigerian senate recently passed the bill outlawing same sex marriage and prescribed 14 years of imprisonment for offenders.

We Recommend


Leave your comment10 comments

  1. Name

PD User at 2011-12-0882.145.217.*
Let u s and other western countries mind their businesses,this is nigeria and we respect our norms and cultures and they should respect that with us. They should remember Soldom and gomarra
bello oziegbe at 2011-12-08141.0.9.*
just ask ur self, why should same sex dominate in nigeria. Or maybe our top politician re practising it
bello oziegbe at 2011-12-08141.0.9.*
just ask ur self, why should same sex dominate in nigeria. Or maybe our top politician re practising it
mercy at 2011-12-08141.0.10.*
u poeple should extend same sex offenders punishment to 20yrs inprisement to make it more better.
uchenna at 2011-12-08141.0.8.*
please white people should leave us alone let them live their life anyhow they want it but leave us alone same sex is a wickedness before God and man. i pray that God will back up our leaders to stand their grand.pls we dont want samesex in our country pls

Selections for you

  1. Lantern Art Festival to kick off

  2. Chinese special troops in tactics training

  3. Young Chinese painter holds artwork exhibition

  4. US drone shot down by Iran unveiled on TV

Most Popular


  1. Low pay, tough competition for graduates
  2. Internet piracy down as gov't toughens regulations
  3. China urges more voice from developing countries
  4. China-led strong currency area foreseeable
  5. Can US-Pakistan ties survive current crisis?
  6. Old bear does not dance to Western tunes
  7. China can play critical role in reshaping global order
  8. Falling yuan funds make room for RRR adjustment
  9. Global chaos offers hints of new world order
  10. Playing the anti-China card

What's happening in China

Young Chinese brush painter holds artwork exhibition in Beijing

  1. Beijing raises fuel standards
  2. Man-made rain to secure grain targets
  3. Migrant workers prefer growing roots in cities
  4. Low wages come in the way of finding a mate
  5. Public lecture held to pay tribute to Red Cross

PD Online Data

  1. Yangge in Shaanxi
  2. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  3. The drum dance in Ansai
  4. Shehuo in Baoji City
  5. The dragon dance