Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, has urged President Mohammadu Buhari not to succumb to any pressure to introduce gay marriage in Nigeria as he goes to the United States of America next week.
In a press statement titled ‘Our Stand on Marriage, Family and Human Society’ jointly signed by the president and secretary of the conference, Rev. Ignatius Kaigama and Most Rev. William Avenya, the Catholic Bishops once again reiterated the perspective of the church on more recent developments concerning the sanctity and dignity of human life and the institutions of marriage and the family across the world.
“We call upon President Muhammadu Buhari and all our esteemed leaders, legislators and judges to shun all pressures and protect Nigerians from the growing but dangerous influence of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender propaganda. We appeal to professionals in the domains of media, music, entertainment, education, medicine, marketing and business to become faithful gatekeepers by protecting the public from the infiltration of this propaganda which is often spread through various media.”
They therefore warned not only the Nigerian president, but other African leaders to remember their roots and the children of whom they are, and protect their society from harmful Western practices.
However, they added that Canada, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Ireland and most recently, United States of America, are some of the countries that have gone down this path, saying they are nations which undeniably have cultural, social and economic influence upon many African nations, including Nigeria.
“We urge young people to learn and hold firmly unto sound religious and cultural values that celebrate the beauty and blessings of marriage as the lifelong union between one man and one woman.
“Finally, we pray that God will grant us all the courage, integrity and perseverance needed at this time to uphold the unchangeable truth about the dignity of human sexuality and the sanctity of the institution of marriage,” the Bishops declared.