THE Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), North-East zone, has described President Goodluck Jonathan’s assent to the same-sex marriage prohibition law as a demonstration of his respect for the will of Nigerians.
Chairman of CAN in the zone, Reverend Shuaibu Byel, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi, on Wednesday, that the president deserved commendation on the matter.
“The president acted on the will of Nigerians; it is our decision and our choice and we must commend him for respecting the decision, in spite of the ongoing criticism by the international community.
“This is a clear indication that democracy has come to stay in this country, where the will of the majority counts,’’ he said.
Byel described the same-sex marriage as evil, demonic and anti-God.
According to him, signing the anti-gay law would go a long way in saving the country from the health and moral implications of same-sex marriage.
“We needed a leader that will show us the right way and I am glad that President Jonathan became that leader when he signed the same-sex marriage prohibition bill,’’ he added.
Meanwhile, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has congratulated President Jonathan on the recent signing of the anti-gay bill into law.
In a letter addressed to President Jonathan, the president of the CBCN and the Catholic Arch- Bishop of Jos, Most Reverend Ignatius Kaigama, said that the signing of the bill into law was upholding the dignity of the human person.
“The decision of the president in conjunction with the federal legislature, not to bow to international pressure in the promotion of same-sex union and other related vices is, indeed, a courageous one and a clear indication of the ability of our great country to stand shoulders high in the protection of our Nigerian and African’s most valued cultures of the institution of marriage.