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Tinubu Faces Calls to Decriminalize Homosexuality in Nigeria, Urged to Refrain from Considering It


Tinubu Faces Calls to Decriminalize Homosexuality in Nigeria, Urged to Refrain from Considering It

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called upon President Bola Tinubu to resist succumbing to what it terms as the “LGBT accord,” a purported effort to legalize lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) relationships in Nigeria. In a statement released on Saturday and signed by Professor Ishaq Akintola, the Executive Director of MURIC, the organization vehemently opposed external pressures from Western countries, particularly under the EU-ACP alliance, to compel Nigeria into endorsing LGBT rights.

The statement emphasized MURIC’s rejection of the concept, labeling it as “evil, immoral, luciferous, and abominable.” It argued that such practices contradicted the order of nature, asserting that Allah created all beings in pairs of opposite sexes, and altering this arrangement would disrupt the continuity of life.

MURIC cited Nigeria’s Anti-Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act of 2013 as a crucial legal framework designed to safeguard morality and sanity in Nigerian society, endorsing the law and insisting on its sanctity. The organization drew parallels with the condemnation of homosexualism by Prophet Lut in the Qur’an and underscored the destructive fate met by the people of Lut in Sodom and Gomorrah.

In a broader context, the statement referenced biblical verses condemning homosexuality, emphasizing that Nigerian traditional practices and ancestral consciousness upheld a divine arrangement of nature with wisdom, pairing masculine with feminine. MURIC concluded by staunchly asserting that homosexuality has no historical precedence in Nigeria and is viewed as a deviation from traditional values.


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