Saturday, 14 March 2015

PDP spokesperson says Buhari is planning to legalize homosexuality

The spokesperson for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign organization, Femi Fani-Kayode has said that the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari is planning to legalize homosexuality in Nigeria if elected into office.

Fani-Kayode alleged that Buhari had entered into an agreement with the Western world to repeal Nigeria’s anti-gay law in return for their endorsement.

The PDP spokesperson made the allegations during a meeting with journalists on Thursday, March 12 in Abuja.

“The second issue we want to touch on today is the shameful proposition that was made to General Muhammadu Buhari by the representatives of a number of western governments when he was in the United Kingdom for a prolonged stay. The proposition and offer was that if he was prepared to support legislation in Nigeria to allow same sex marriage and if he was prepared to repeal the anti-gay laws in Nigeria they will, in return, endorse, support and fund him, initially covertly and eventually publicly, at the right time,” Fani Kayode said.

“Instead of outrightly rejecting these offers and spurning this proposition, to our utter shock and consternation, General Buhari apparently refused to rule it out and has put the matter under consideration. Instead of him to say NO he assured them that he would consider these two things. We believe that this is a matter that ought to be brought to the attention of the Nigerian people as a matter of urgency,” he added.

“The APC are so desperate to ensuring that General Buhari becomes the President of this country that they are actually prepared to consider the scrapping of all anti-gay or anti-homosexual legislations and at the same time, endorsing and supporting fresh legislation that would allow same sex marriage in our country. They are considering this despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of the Nigerian people find same sex marriage and, indeed, homosexuality repugnant and unacceptable,” the PDP spokesperson said.

“We are using this occasion to challenge General Buhari to come clean and to tell the Nigerian people whether this is true and whether, in the unlikely event of his being elected President, he is seriously considering scrapping the anti-homosexual laws in our country and pushing through new legislation which would allow same sex marriage,” Fani Kayode added.

President Goodluck Jonathan signed a bill criminalizing same-sex relationships in January 2014.

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