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Cardinal Onaiyekan backs anti-gay law  print

Published on January 17, 2014 by   ·   19 Comments

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, has commended Nigeria’s Federal Government for its uncompromising stand on the anti-gay law in spite of criticisms from a section of the international community.

Onaiyekan, briefing newsmen on activities to mark his 70th birthday in Abuja on Friday, said Nigeria, being an independent country, should stand firm on its culture, tradition and morals.

“The church accepts people as they are, we condemn homosexuality, Nigeria is an independent country and we do not beg for food.

Jonathan with Cardinal Onaiyekan

Jonathan with Cardinal Onaiyekan

“We have every right to order our social life in any way we think it should go. Our social life should not be organised on the basis of what others think.

“On this note, I commend our National Assembly and Mr President for resisting all the pressures and enacting a law against homosexuality,’’ he said.

He stressed that the law prohibiting same sex marriage was a good omen for the country.

“Signing the bill into law by President Jonathan in spite of pressures from within and outside the country should be commended by all and sundry.’’

He said major religions in the country and even the African tradition forbade homosexuality.
Onaiyekan frowned at proponents of homosexuality, noting that they had held parts of the world hostage with their evil beliefs for too long.

He said it was time for believers in the faith to rise in unison and put the debate of whether governments, globally, should guarantee the rights of gays or not, to rest.

“The world is at crossroads and there is nothing new under the sun. `We all know that this is not the first time we have heard about the agitation for gay rights but our position, as a church, has not changed.

“Even when some sections of society view same sex issues as moral disorder acts, homosexuality has not stopped, it still happens in the open around the world. It doesn’t mean that it should be accepted.’’

On the recent developments in the polity, the cardinal called for a change of attitude by the leaders and followers.

He said that prayers alone could not solve the myriad of problems facing Nigerians in the different sectors of the economy and even in their private lives.

Onaiyekan noted that “God has been very generous to Nigerians. It is time for them to have a rethink and change for the better.

“Governments at all levels should partner with the church to address management deficits in key sectors as health, education and other social services where the church has comparative advantage.’’

Onaiyekan will be 70 years old on 29 January. Activities marking his birthday have been slated for 5 February and 8 February in Abuja.

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19 Comments for “Cardinal Onaiyekan backs anti-gay law”

  1. Common Sense Leader

    REALLY?!?!?
    Is being GAY and the criminalization of the lifestyle Nigeria’s TOP priority at this time?

    We (used to) have a country blessed with various natural resources and abundance of human capital. Over time, we have managed to squander away every opportunity we’ve been presented with – via bad leadership and follower-ship, mismanagement, callousness, selfishness, lack of tolerance …… and Lord knows what else?!

    Nigeria is currently faced with multitude of problems – religious wars, 70% unemployment, instability in the public service sectors, tribal and ethnic mongering, lack of social welfare services, and ……….. !!!!

    • Bejim

      Every real progress whether individual or group has its basis in self-knowledge. Self-definition is a sempiternal priority. Defining our stand, as a people, on homosexuality is just affirming our culture. It should be among the foundational priorities of all our national priorities.

      • Anonymous

        Your”culture” then is based on hatred and discrimination and was tainted early on by Colonial rule and oppressive regimes looking to divert attention from corruption and solutions to real problems.

  2. ^^ Poster Above

    Being gay is not Nigeria’s top priority. One thing y’all forget is that all the TOP problems we have in Nigeria started as trivial issue before they pervaded. From what i’ve observed in your comment, you’re a gay. And being a gay is not a lifestyle in Nigeria as about 90% of Nigerians detest homosexuality to the brim. Majority carries the votes they say. This is our country and this what we want.

  3. frank

    Time to withdraw all U.S. military aide and let Christians and the Muslims of Nigeria slaughter each other.

  4. Desmond @tobo

    With your presence,(cardinal Onaiyekan) GEJ has taken off his cowboy cap.God is really great.pls pray for him to to also remove his 2015 presential ambition but concentrat:e on the remaining months to lift the country forward.

  5. USMAN BAYERO

    They are hypocrites!
    As long as they cannot allow polygamy in their country, tehy have not moral justification to judge other nation.
    Nigeria is an independent sovereign nation and not an enclave of the west.

  6. hatersandfools

    How pathetic that representatives of the Roman Catholic church which is full of homosexual priests and has a really hard time covering up all their child-molestation scandals worldwide embraces this useless and inhumane law. Didn’t his “holiness” the Pope just recently state we shouldn’t discriminate against gay people and let god be the only judge? Hypocrites, all of them!!! It’s time we stopped listen to people who urge us to “believe” in their man-made gospels and do some actual fact checking.

  7. hatersandfools

    How pathetic that representatives of the Roman Catholic church which is full of homosexual priests and has a really hard time covering up all their child-molestation scandals worldwide embrace this useless and inhumane law. Didn’t his “holiness” the Pope just recently state we shouldn’t discriminate against gay people and let god be the only judge? Hypocrites, all of them!!! It’s time we stopped listen to people who urge us to “believe” in their man-made gospels and do some actual fact checking.

  8. hatersandfools

    How pathetic that representatives of the Roman Catholic church which is full of homosexual priests and has a really hard time covering up all their child-molestation scandals worldwide embrace this useless and inhumane law. Didn’t his “holiness” the Pope just recently state we shouldn’t discriminate against gay people and let god be the only judge? Hypocrites, all of them!!! It’s time we stopped listen to people who urge us to “believe” in their man-made gospels and do some actual fact checking.

  9. hatersandfools

    How pathetic that representatives of the Roman Catholic church which is full of homosexual priests and has a really hard time covering up all their child-molestation scandals worldwide embrace this useless and inhumane law. Didn’t his “holiness” the Pope just recently state we shouldn’t discriminate against gay people and let god be the only judge? Hypocrites, all of them!!! It’s time we stopped listen to people who urge us to “believe” in their man-made gospels and do some actual fact checking.

  10. hatersandfools

    How pathetic that representatives of the Roman Catholic church which is full of homosexual priests and has a really hard time covering up all their child-molestation scandals worldwide embrace this useless and inhumane law. Didn’t his “holiness” the Pope just recently state we shouldn’t discriminate against gay people and let god be the only judge? Hypocrites, all of them!!! It’s time we stopped listen to people who urge us to “believe” in their man-made gospels and do some actual fact checking.

  11. hatersandfools

    How pathetic that representatives of the Roman Catholic church which is full of homosexual priests and has a really hard time covering up all their child-molestation scandals worldwide embrace this useless and inhumane law. Didn’t his “holiness” the Pope just recently state we shouldn’t discriminate against gay people and let god be the only judge? Hypocrites, all of them!!! It’s time we stopped listen to people who urge us to “believe” in their man-made gospels and do some actual fact checking.

  12. hatersandfools

    How pathetic that representatives of the Roman Catholic church which is full of homosexual priests and has a really hard time covering up all their child-molestation scandals worldwide embrace this useless and inhumane law. Didn’t his “holiness” the Pope just recently state we shouldn’t discriminate against gay people and let god be the only judge? Hypocrites, all of them!!! It’s time we stopped listen to people who urge us to “believe” in their man-made gospels and do some actual fact checking.

  13. hatersandfools

    How pathetic that representatives of the Roman Catholic church which is full of homosexual priests and has a really hard time covering up all their child-molestation scandals worldwide embrace this useless and inhumane law. Didn’t his “holiness” the Pope just recently state we shouldn’t discriminate against gay people and let god be the only judge? Hypocrites, all of them!!! It’s time we stopped listen to people who urge us to “believe” in their man-made gospels and do some actual fact checking.

  14. hatersandfools

    How pathetic that representatives of the Roman Catholic church which is full of homosexual priests and has a really hard time covering up all their child-molestation scandals worldwide embrace this useless and inhumane law. Didn’t his “holiness” the Pope just recently state we shouldn’t discriminate against gay people and let god be the only judge? Hypocrites, all of them!!! It’s time we stopped listen to people who urge us to “believe” in their man-made gospels and do some actual fact checking.

  15. hatersandfools

    I apologize for the multiple postings: this website isn’t running very smoothly for me. Please remove the doubles, thank you!

  16. JR Costello

    as someone who was raised catholic…..this ( your stance) regarding NIgeria HATE and BIGOTRY Law……that you (a supposed man of god agrees with) – have caused me to LEAVE the church – this is NOT the church I grew up learning about – this man of God, jesus……????? Nahhh, You’ve ruined it for me……as Hate and Bigotry and Politics have Poisoned Religion…..I no Longer have respect for religion, and am Now an ATHIEST, HUMANIST……I no Longer allow religion to cloud my Reasoning,and Understanding of Science…….it seems to me, as an adult- religion has POisoned 99.9% of everything it has touched!!!!

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