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Nigeria demands respect from Western countries over same sex marriage

(Xinhua)

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.

 
 
 
 
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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
  

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