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Why FG Rejected Gay Marriage Despite Foreign Pressure – Minister

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Tanimu-Turaki-480x300The Minister of Special Duties in the Presidency, Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu Turaki has given an insight into how the Federal Government took the decision to reject gay marriage at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) despite pressure from the international community to legalize it.

Turaki made this known on Wednesday at his residence in Abuja when he hosted staff of his Ministry and his friends to breaking of Ramadan fast.

According to the minister, Nigerians are highly religious people and as such, FEC could not endorse such anti-religious practice in a country like Nigeria.

“When we were at the Federal Executive Council and we were discussing the issue of gay marriage, we all said that it is very unnatural. How can we explain this to Nigerians? That a man will go and marry a man and a woman will go and marry a fellow woman. Then we also discussed the aspect of the psychological and mental trauma that the children of such union, whether adopted or not, will have to go through. For example when they go to school and they are asked; who are your parents? And they have to answer that their mummy and daddy are both men or are both female. This does not fit into a highly religious society like ours,” he said.

Turaki added that “There is nowhere in the world where God is worshipped like in Nigeria. Even traditional worshippers also take their religion very seriously. We pray a lot and that is why God has not forsaken Nigeria. We have been through situations that saw many countries went into pieces but whatever happens in Nigeria, like an elephant, Nigeria will only shake its body and move on”.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, who spoke on behalf of staff of the Ministry, commended the great humility displayed by the Minister in inviting the staff to break fast.

Present at the gathering were a former Deputy Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Ali Abubakar Jatau and Mr. Joe Kyari Gadzama, a senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

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4 Comments

  1. Saater jerry

    August 2, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    I need update

  2. kiki paul

    August 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    such can never work in nigeria bcus of our religious state and as a mater of fact which nigerian parent brought up in a nigerian cultural way that will allow their daughter or son to get married in gaylike manner it’s impossible so d fg should not approve such act. Mmmmmmh 4 9ja e no fit happen bon.

  3. Omo

    August 2, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    It‘s evil‘s way, FG should ignore that.

  4. ikechukwu williams

    August 3, 2013 at 3:40 am

    Fg u should know d reason y God destroy sodom n gomorrah cos of gays.so pls fg u should avoid d anger of God in nigeria.

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has named the newly built Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area after the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

This was made known in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile.

Sanwo-Olu also named the Agboyi-Ketu LCDA after the late Senator of Lagos East Senatorial District, Adebayo Osinowo.

He stated that the recent #EndSARS protests brought out the need for the government to double their efforts and prioritize youth development and empowerment.

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The governor however warned youths against the destruction of the government’s assets built with public funds.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the decision of the council leadership in Agboyi-Ketu to name the edifice after Osinowo testified to the contributions he made to the development of the council.

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

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Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has commended Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, for joining the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”

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Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.

He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola

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Rauf Aregbesola, former Governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior, has described Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a worthy successor.

In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.

Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.

“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.

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“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.

“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.

“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.

“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.

“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”

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