By Emmanuel Onwubiko
It started in hush tones long before the shameless but divisive verdict by the United States Supreme Court of June 26th 2015 which did not just stop at legalising same sex marriage in the entire fifty states of the United States of America but proceeded to name it a human right. The United States Supreme Court usurped the powers of the United Nations Human Rights Council to confer the position of a human right to gay marriage.
It started as capacity building workshops funded lavishly by lobby groups from the United States of America for reporters on responsible reportage of LGBT’S (Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) rights in Nigeria preparatory to pushing against the moves to legislative against that despicable practice in Nigeria.
It never came as a shock when amorphous groups with names unrelated to same sex issues but registered overnight by Corporate Affairs Commission began championing the advocacy to push back the national momentum against the growing trends of gay practices around the Western World.
Yours faithfully was in the thick of all these developments and counter developments and even appeared as a resource person on one or two occasions in these sorts of capacity building workshops shrouded in secrecy so the resource persons drawn from Nigeria and the participants weren’t aware that they were been brainwashed to accommodate same sex practices amongst some Nigerians.
All through the administrations of Olusegun Obasanjo and the earlier part of the late Umaru Musa Yaradua, concerted efforts were made by some United States fund raise organisations to infiltrate the organized civil society communities. Those non governmental individuals who accepted to plunge into the campaign to win the hearts and minds of Nigerians on same sex relationship were sponsored to attend International LGBT’S events in some World capitals like Brussels, Washington DC, Frankfurt in Germany and Geneva even as they were paid handsomely. The Western promoters of gay sexual practices have become so adept at spreading their messages in the same passion and formats that the early White missionaries adopted in introducing foreign religions to us. To these promoters of gay practices they are actually involved in ‘missions ‘ to indoctrinate the unsuspecting members of the Nigerian community to embrace the lifestyle as acceptable. What all these covert and overt effort to spread the message of gay sexual relationship to Nigerians by these foreign ‘missionaries’ demonstrates is the desire by the West to win the hearts and minds of Nigerians since by some Western estimates Nigeria houses the largest numbers of people who follow one organised religion or the other like Christianity, Islam and the African Traditional Religion (ATR). For them winning the propaganda battles to introduce gay sexual practices in Nigeria may signal their greatest conquest since Nigeria has the greatest number of black people globally.
Again the zeal being demonstrated by pro-gay Western groups towards ensuring that they infiltrate Nigeria is partly motivated by their conviction that since every 4 out of 6 Black persons are Nigerians it therefore follows that the country that has the largest number of antagonists to that gay practices have been won over and therefore their international mission to spread equality would have been satisfactorily actualised.
So when sometimes this year it emerged that President Barack Obama had invited the Nigerian President who just won election in March to join him for a meeting most people became apprehensive that Buhari may sacrifice the extant anti-graft marriage law in the alter of winning a World Power. When the New York based Human Rights Watch started running series of essays in the media to call on President Obama to pressurise his guest from Nigeria to accept gay marriage more suspicions that the Nigerian government may capitulate under the heavy weight of pro Gay Marriage pressure of the Americans became increasingly overwhelming.
So when the Nigerian team left the shores of Nigeria to meet their American counterparts exactly a month after the US Supreme Court’s pro -Gay Marriage Judgment Nigerians waited with suspended animation to get feelers on how far the Nigerian President absorbed the pro-gay Marriage pressure. It has emerged that for now the Nigerian President didn’t disappoint.
It is now clear from Presidency signal that President Muhammadu Buhari has outrightly rejected the gay marriage offer by the United States of America, stating that sodomy is against the law of Nigeria and strange to our culture.
This was disclosed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina who said that the issue of gay marriage was discussed during Buhari’s meeting with American legislators shortly after the bilateral parley with Barrack Obama, but its implementation in Nigeria was rejected by the President.
“The issue of gay marriage came up here yesterday. PMB was point blank. Sodomy is against the law in Nigeria, and abhorrent to our culture,” he posted on his Twitter handle.
But let me give the Nigerian leader a hint. The intense campaign to abolish the stringent anti-Gay marriage legislation in Nigeria hasn’t ended with that emphatic no as an answer reportedly given to the United States congressional delegation that met recently with President Buhari and his team. The lobby groups championing Gay sexual orientations are rich, sophisticated, well connected to powerful industrialists in the Western World and indeed not a few of some of the richest Americans are openly gay and so have budgeted generous percentages of their wealth to spread the message of Gay marriage World wide. These global leaders have the Money, the power and importantly they have the passion to pursue this goal vigorously to in their own estimate see to it that conservative Religionists such as Christians and Moslems who abhor Gay sexual orientations are degraded, defeated and compelled to mellow down on their anti-gay rhetoric. These powerful funders of global Gay movements are some of the most generous campaign funders in USA and UK and so the have the advantage of this dangerous proximity to the White House and No 10 Downing Street and can influence these political power brokers to vigorously pressurise President Buhari to assent to their objective aforementioned.
Relatedly, groups in the West awash with donor funds from their home countries are already in Nigeria with huge war chests and for most average Nigerian civil society activists they will never refuse the opportunity to pick up some fast money in hard currency to support the spread of Gay sexual practices in Nigeria. Our group has been approached but we refused on the ground of principle that we are convinced that marriage remains a sacred union of a man and woman of adult and consenting ages.
Onwubiko is Head of Human rights Writers association of Nigeria.