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Nigerian Demonstrators Protest Scrapping Anti-Gay Marriage Law

Biden Administration promoting pro-LGBTQ laws globally.

By Omolola Pedro

[Jos ] The Euro-crats are tightening  an economic noose around Nigeria for not signing onto the same-sex marriage bandwagon, and some Nigerian parents  are burning hot.

“We woke up to hear very sad and disheartening news,” said one parent to TVC News in Jos last recently. “There is a bill that supports LGBTQ rights and is going to be enforced on each and every one of us without our consent,” the angry father said.  He stood amid a platoon of marching schoolgirls Nov. 17 carrying placards to protest the Woke agenda of the West to make Nigeria safe for gay marriage, pride parades and maybe someday, “Drag-queen story hour” in the local public  libraries. The young girls marching in their tartan school uniforms were having none of it.  “No to the LGBTQ bill,” they chanted, referring to the international agreement promoted by the European Union and signed in Samoa November 15  that opens the door to same-sex marriages in the countries of the signers.  A female student said, “I am a girl, God created me to be a girl not to be a boy. He already knew that I was going to be  a girl right from creation.”

Another female student questioned whether the nation’s elected leaders respected the national anthem: “Do they truly say the national prayers where we pray for God’s direction and guiding our leaders right?” she asked.  “Are our leaders going right? I’m an African female, and God knew me before I was born. I cannot just wake up one day and decide to be a boy.”

In November 2023, some outlets reported in error that Nigeria would sign the  Samoa agreement along with the European Union. The agreement did not prohibit or even mention gay marriage but in artful bureaucratese language prohibited “discrimination” based on sex, which ultimately would invalidate Nigeria’s ban on gay marriage passed in 2014.   But Nigerian officials have backed off from signing and are simply studying the treaty.  The government of President Bola Tinubu knows all too well the Nigerian public is among the most culturally traditional nations in the world, but he also can see nations that have steadfastly resisted the same-sex juggernaut have been punished by the West.  The World Bank in August 2023 halted new lending to Uganda over  its anti-LGBTQ law.

The Samoa agreement is intended to function as a legal framework for relationships between the Africans, Caribbeans and pacific countries and the EU that covers six key priority areas: human rights, democracy, and governance; peace and security; human and social development; environmental sustainability and climate change; inclusive and sustainable economic growth and development; and migration and mobility, for the next 20 years.

Member states of the pact are 47 African countries including Nigeria, 16 Caribbean countries, 15 Pacific nations and the Republic of Maldives.

The Human Rights priority area of the agreement includes the protection of the rights of people who identify as Lesbians, Gay, Bi-sexual,Transgender,Queer (LGBTQ+), a community alien to Nigerian culture and tradition.

Nigeria’s stance on Gay unions

In January 2014, the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan signed an anti-gay bill into law, over the strong objections of diplomats in the Obama Administration.

Nigerian President Jonathan signed a bill outlawing gay relationships and same-sex marriage, effectively putting the legislation to use several months after it was passed by the two arms of the National Assembly.

With the president’s signature, anyone convicted for getting involved in gay relationship or entering into a same-sex marriage contract or civil union faces up to 14 years in jail.

Additionally, it became a crime to have a meeting of homosexuals, to operate or attend a gay club, society or organization. Public show of same-sex intimate affection is also outlawed, and offenders may be jailed for up to 10 years.

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, said then that the U.S was “deeply concerned” by a law that “dangerously restricts freedom of assembly, association, and expression for all Nigerians.”

The United States’ Permanent Representative to the United Nations and member of President Obama’s cabinet, Samantha Power, also deplored the bill’s final approval. The anti-gay bill was passed by the Nigerian Senate in December 2011, while the House of Representatives followed suit in May 2013, defying a threat from Britain to withhold aid from nations violating gay rights.

Nigeria then joined 34 other African nations with strict anti-gay laws. Of the 78 countries where homosexuality is criminalized, 35 are in Africa.

Biden Administration Promoting LGBTQ Worldwide

Advocacy for full protection of same-sex couples and the transgender transitioning trend has been a major priority of the Biden Administration, according to Chris Gacek and Arielle Del Turco, religious freedom experts at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C.    “The Biden administration has aggressively integrated LGBT ideology into every facet of foreign policy,” they have written in a densely research study.

“Since President Joe Biden took office in 2021, his administration has systematically elevated the importance of LGBT ideology in American foreign policy, utilizing the resources and platform of the U.S. government to promote LGBT policies abroad,” according to the two writers.  The State Department authors of interagency reports are true believers bent on turning every agency of the U.S. government into an exporter of LGBTQ,” Gacek told TruthNigeria in an interview. “These people remind me of Jacobins attempting to export the French Revolution. I don’t think they care about religious communities,” Gacek added.

“It’s a huge problem,” according to Rep. Glenn Grothmann, (R- WI) who has gone to battle against Woke ideology being forced onto American public schools through educational activists. “Historically, Christianity spread from the United States and Europe to the underdeveloped world.  Today a radical LGBTQ agenda is being pushed by the European Union and the United States to the rest of the world. I wonder how many American Christians know what is being done in their name.?”

–Omolola Pedro reports on politics and culture for TruthNigeria from Ondo State.

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