President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday ‘point blank’ shot down a question about gay marriage while at US Congress.
Speaking at a joint session of the senate and house committees on foreign affairs during his four-day state visit, Buhari said gay sex would remain illegal in Nigeria and was ‘abhorrent’ to African culture.
The issue was not pushed any further.
‘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,’ tweeted Femi Adeisna, the president’s special adviser on media and publicity.
‘Talks shifted to another matter once PMB emphatically stated Nigeria’s stand on same sex marriage. The issue was not pushed.’
Last week, US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the US would mount sustained pressure on the Nigeria to scrap the ‘jail the gays’ law.
‘As a policy, we will continue to press the government of Nigeria as well as other governments who have provided legislation that discriminate against the LGBT community,’ she said.