by Our Reporter
SIR: It baffles me when I see people channel their energy to rationalize absurd and vile courses in the guise of liberty, freedom, or emancipation. Even in the so-called most liberal societies, human behavior is regulated to protect the society and its inhabitants from the harmful effects of the excesses the liberty of expressing our freedom might exert.
Dr Pius Oyeniran Abioje of the University of Ilorin in The Nation’s letters page of January 16, titled “Lawmakers death warrant on homosexuals” stated that African leaders have used their Christo- Islamic bias to legislate laws and therefore endangered homosexuals. I find his views as self-serving and impudence to the intelligence of our leaders and their capability to take beneficial decisions on behalf of their people.
It is an affront for anyone to posit that our sense of morality is the absolute product of our holy books. Long before the advent of Christianity and Islam, Africans are known to posses’ classic virtues and high sense of responsibility which has stood the test of time beyond functional and structural evolution. Except some people are saying we are only politically liberated but still a moral colony of the West, it must be admitted by all that we are rational beings, with our own values, beliefs, and customs which has helped sustained our homogeneity for eons. We might be importing some foreign cultures which are beneficial and others detrimental to our society, no one should challenge our collective conscience and right to filter those things we are sure will destroy us. Every society derive its laws from the peoples culture, belief, and values which are actually the pillars that define appropriate actions, why would anyone rubbish ours down to religious sentiment just because it does not serve his or her selfish purpose?
I personally do not have any problem with homosexuality or gay people, but I must admit I have issues with gay rights, why? With gay right you encourage what ordinarily some people would not contemplate, more innocent people are disposed and made cushy disciples, and more worrisome is that you are institutionalizing what is capable of wiping out humanity. Yes, wiping out humanity because procreation is threatened by the flourishing of same sex union. Like drug use, abortion rights, prostitution rights etc why are most nations of the world sceptical about endorsing these human preferences? I believe they know institutionalizing it will explode it and its explosion will be a threat to their existence as a people.
Homosexuality just like heterosexuality and most human behaviours, is a learned orientation that can be unlearned or managed, hence the need to limit its exposure because people learn more from what they are exposed to, and young peoples’ mind is easily imprinted upon by the actions of mentors they seek to model. To the best of my knowledge, the resolve of African leaders and indeed the National Assembly is the honest reflection of our collective conscience on this issue. The effort being garnered to discredit their noble resolution in the name of religious bias is unfounded and a cheap blackmail. But if African leaders had remained silent about this matter, they would have been guilty of negligence to protect the people they swore to defend. The bill on homosexuality in Nigeria did not in any way infringe on fundamental human rights, neither does it ratify incarceration or death penalty to anyone that is solitarily or publicly gay in Nigeria. Ipso facto, the bill is aimed at protecting the sacred institution of marriage which is the hub of the society, the paramount fountain of value transmission, and the primary source of procreation, nay the survival of the society. The bill is the most shrewd and pragmatic legislation African leaders have delivered and we support and uphold that the long arms of the law don’t spare you who seek to institutionalise that which we all abhor.
• John Samuel Tuwan
Ojo – Lagos