Nigeria: Mark – No Going Back On Ban On Same-Sex Marriage
14 June 2013 , By Omololu Ogunmade, Source: This Day
The Senate President, Senator David Mark, Thursday said the ban on same-sex marriage by the National Assembly was final and irreversible.
Mark made this remark during a dinner organised in his honour by the Nigerian community in Prague, Czech Republic.
According to him, the anti-same-sex marriage bill, which had been passed by both chambers of the National Assembly, would not infringe on the rights of any Nigerian citizen.
Mark, whose comment was contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Paul Mumeh, said: “The law against same-sex marriage is an approval of the wishes of the generality of Nigerians who are desirous of living within our cultural bounds. The law is not designed to infringe on the human rights of Nigerians in any way.
“Also, wherever you go in our country today, our people are completely in support of the National Assembly because the practice of same-sex, as you all know, is alien to us.”
Mark encouraged Nigerians in the Diaspora to contribute their quota to the development of their country by exploring opportunities available in federal government’s transformation agenda to make the country great.
“You don’t need to wait till the date Nigeria will be better before coming home to contribute your quota. Nigerians are hard working people and you contribute in no small measure to the economy of your countries of residence. For those who desire to join us at home to improve the state of our economy and infrastructural development, you are welcomed,” he said.
He explained that his mission to Prague was to foster relationship between the National Assembly and the Parliament of Czech Republic through mutual co-operation in the areas of education, culture, trade and medicine.
He added: “We want the Czech Republic and her people to buy fully into our economy by setting up factories.”
Mark also condoled with the families of the composer of Nigeria’s National Anthem, Pa Benedict Odiase, and high life music legend, Pa Fatai Olayiwola Olagunju, also known as Fatai Rolling Dollars on the demise of the two great men who passed on Wednesday at ages 79 and 86 respectively.
In separate condolence messages to the governments and people of Edo, Lagos and Osun States, Mark described the duo as patriots and committed nationalists who left their footprints on the sand of time.
He described Odiase as a genius who used his talent to advance the interest of Nigerian people, saying “Odiase was not just a distinguished police officer, he was a philosopher and a proud son of Nigeria.”