FG Alarmed Over Increased Homosexuality Among Nigerians
The Federal Government has decried the spate at which Nigerian youths have shunned social and cultural values and embraced homosexuality in the country.
Speaking in Abuja over the weekend during the 12th Annual Public Symposium organised by the Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN), the Director-General of the National Orientation Agency, Dr. Garba Abari also urged youths to stop wearing dreadlocks and saggy trousers.
At the programme tagged; ‘Anti-Corruption: The Role of Media as Change Agents’, Abari lamented the situation, recounting that some youths had even staged a protest before the National Assembly for the repeal of the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act which prescribes a 14-year jail term for anyone who enters into a gay marriage.
“Our youths are now publicly clamouring for the legalisation of gay marriage and are about to boldly take the campaign to the hallowed chambers of the National Assembly to press for it as a fundamental human right…
“The wearing of tattoos, dreadlocks, sagging trousers and the painting of hair have become a vogue among our young men and women,” the NOA boss said.
While describing the situation as unfortunate, Abari also urged the media to continue leading the way in the process of nationhood, adding that it has become a tool for division and divisive rhetorics.
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“Just stop and ponder on the stories that adorn the front pages of the nation’s newspapers today. Many of such newspapers are not only divisive but abusive and deliberately mischievous, purposely distorted to promote disharmony. The same can be said of the electronic media,” Abari said.
He further urged Nigerians to shun corruption noting that corruption was not only among the elite but also the poor.
In the same vein, the pioneer Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, who also spoke at the event called on the media to be at the forefront of the anti-graft war.
Ribadu who chaired the symposium said it was unfortunate that corrupt persons were using the media to frustrate the anti-graft war. He urged the media to champion the anti-corruption message, stand always for what it right, and refuse to join forces with the people they ought to help the public to fight.
Ribadu stressed that Nigerians must collectively fight the war against corruption because the crooks are now winning the battle.
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While giving a positive assessment of the ongoing battle against corruption, the APC chieftain stated that the war could still be improved upon. In his words:
“What is going on today is reinvigoration, a change that put it (corruption) as number one priority of government. I want to salute those who are responsible for that. I totally agree.
“And I appeal to all Nigerians to please, for God’s sake, let’s think about our country, let’s make our own people the winner even if it means for once. The crooks have been winning. Those who are stealing our own money have been winning. Let’s turn it around and make Nigerians winner.
“The anti-graft war is going on very well. It can be done better. But you also know and agree that things have changed. If you know the volume or the amount of money that we say today we have recovered, money stolen from individual and people, the money is with Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), that tells you the story of what is going on today. We can do better.
“We are still going through problems and difficulties. What matters is for all of us to come together. I don’t think we should be talking about government alone.The government can lead and carry the flag. But all of us must be the subjects of this war against corruption.”