President Muhammadu Buhari, has ruled out any chance of Nigeria being pressured by the American government to legalise homosexuality in the country.
According to the Special Adviser to the President of Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the issue of gay rights came up during a discussion the president had on Tuesday.
Adesina, in a tweet today said: “The issue of gay marriage came up here yesterday. PMB was point blank. Sodomy is against the law in Nigeria, and abhorrent to our culture”
Before leaving for the US on Sunday, Nigerians were apprehensive that President Buhari may be pressured into legalising homosexuality in order to receive help from America to fight insecurity and corruption.
Their fears were heightened by the recent country-wide legalisation of homosexuality in America which Obama actively supported.
Recall that Homosexuality was outlawed by the regime of Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria.
The Nigerian anti-gay law became effective on January 13, 2014. The law, which contains penalties of up to 14 years in prison and bans gay marriage, same-sex “amorous relationships” and membership of gay rights groups, was passed by the national assembly int May of 2013.