“You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.” (Leviticus 18:22) “Of all the creatures in the world, will you approach males, and leave those whom Allah has created for you to be your mates? No, you are a people transgressing (all limits)!’ (Holy Qur’an 26:165-166)
The eagerness with which the Obama administration of the United States is seeking and currying the favour of Nigeria’s new president, Muhammadu Buhari, so soon after it had shown an inexplicable level of hostility and callousness to the administration he succeeded barely a month ago, is clearly suspicious. Since PMB assumed office, the US has been throwing candies and goodies at him like an adolescent school boy chasing after a young girl at a nearby high school.
Everything Obama government had denied Jonathan – weapons to fight Boko Haram, intelligence, and other logistical support that would have made the difference in the fight against the terrorists – it is today throwing at the Buhari administration, almost unsolicited for. US was not just content with refusing to sell arms to Nigeria, it went ahead to block its allies from doing so, forcing Nigeria to unorthodox places and methods to secure a lifeline, giving rise to such embarrassing situation in South Africa when an aircraft belonging to the CAN president was caught up in a most sordid condition. But the only Nigerians that were bothered were those who were unaware of the source of the American rage against Nigeria. The rage was too puerile for even the least discerning not to notice.
After the passage of the Same Sex (Prohibition) Act of 2013 into law by the National Assembly and assented to by the president, in spite the pressure of the West and some EU countries, all hell was let loose against Nigeria and its leadership. The law which was perhaps the best acclaimed legislation since the return to democracy 16 years ago was an unequivocal reaction of Nigerians to what they saw as the erosion of their values and most cherished way of life by an invasion of the worst type of depravity of western liberalism which was making them to jettison the natural concept of marriage and of the family.
The adoption of the same-sex marriage by the US and Western society, to an African is an aberration and an abomination which are believed would not only pollute the African society and but also ultimately bring it to an end. The very religious African believes that such an abomination would attract the wrath of God on the society and bring all to a collective ruin. The US and its Western allies are not just content with legislating the same sex marriage for their societies – a fact that became a fait accompli when the US Supreme Court formally granted an imprimatur to the same-sex marriage across the nation last Friday – they have been further bent on forcing African nations to adopt the lifestyle, or failing that, would be punished for making laws that reflect their ways of life.
Immediately the law was passed by Nigeria, Britain and EU openly warned that they were going to withdraw certain aids and grants. Unknowingly, they made Nigerians more resolved, daring them to go to hell with their Greek Gift. It is a generalized belief in Nigeria today that the invitation which the US has uncharacteristically extended to Buhari and has enthusiastically announced would be honoured on July 20th is being derided as a Greek Gift as well as a carrot which would be used to woo the president to move against the anti same-sex law and sentiment in the country, in order to give the gay culture a pride of place in our society. America might have other ideas for this suspicious new warmth being extended to Nigeria, but the overwhelming suspicion of Nigerians is evident.
However, if America’s new warmth towards Nigeria is to seek ways of swaying us to follow their new raging Sodomic depravity, it definitely has another think coming. They would be wasting their time to want to woo such a principled man of high morality as President Buhari. I suspect that PMB could even walk out of them if such an issue is broached. This is so because Nigeria deserves to bear the light in the preservation of values that are African, as, in any case, one in every four Africans is a Nigerian. Africans identify with the natural ways of doing things, such as the natural concept of marriage between a male and female, as that is the natural way of procreation which is the standard purpose and function of marriage.
No amount of neo-liberalism of the West nor the fancy and self-serving arguments of a few brainwashed Africans will change the current flow of natural thinking in that regard. Rather, what should be appreciated is that every African society understands the presence of some deviants in the society who harbour homosexual tendencies. Nobody goes about chasing them if they do their thing in the closet. But there is no way the society will tolerate them coming out to forcefully impose their abominable way of life on the rest of the society.
For years, the likes of President Robert Mugabe has been waging a yeomen fight against the invasion of LGBT culture in his country, and a copious amount of the vilification of him, as well as the concerted attempts of the West to cripple the economy of Zimbabwe and to ultimately remove him from office have been largely owed to his dogged and principled stand against homosexuals. But he has remained unfazed. Of course, Zimbabwe has had an anti same-sex law since 1995 and had taken major steps to curb homosexual culture in his country.
When Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa started to talk from the two sides of the mouth to please the West that had awarded him the Nobel Prize, Robert Mugabe cut him down to size. “Archbishop Tutu said it is nice to be gay”, Mugabe remarked, “ yet he has a wife, he should have begun by getting himself a man for a woman…When you are a bishop and cannot interpret the Bible, you should resign and give it to those who can. We will not compromise our tradition and tolerate homosexuality.” Maintaining that homosexuality would never be tolerated in Zimbabwe, Mugabe concluded that, “Animals are better off as they know who to mate with.
Everyone knows what to do, even animals know which animal to mate with, goats know where to go, and cows know where to go too. We see donkeys all the time on top of each other, why can’t you humans do the same?” Suggesting that the head of men in same sex marriage deserve to be chopped off as they are no better than animals, Mugabe’s angry remarks equated those of President Yayah Jammeh of Gambia, who, while addressing his people in Farafeni, earlier this year, said that: “If you do it in Gambia I will slit your throat. If you are a man and want to marry another man in this country and we catch you, no one will ever set eyes on you again, and no white person can do anything about it.” While not many African leaders would advertize their anger so vitriolically in such uncouth terms, it is clear that the sentiments of both leaders are widely shared across the continent.
The fact further remains that all the religious ideologies – Christianity, Islam and Animism – that currently drive African societies are all unequivocally against the gay culture, and so it would be expecting too much to wish to woo the leader of the leading African country to toe the line that leads to the societal extinction. The US had always consistently tried to impose their values and ways of life on other societies and had only partially succeeded in a few instances, but had had its fingers burnt in most of the other instances.
Trying to push this gay culture in Africa is one such case where its efforts would be dead on arrival. Rather, the issue has the potential of forging a closer cooperation and better entente between the Christian and Muslim populations in Africa, as the same-sex issue is equally nauseating and unacceptable to the two religions. If the West pursues their hostility against nations and societies that frown against the practice, they might end up creating a situation where the very angry adherents would embark on a widespread jungle justice against the so-called LGBT fellows, even those who have not been vociferous in their practice.
Africa definitely does not grudge or envy the West in its new path of societal annihilation, but only pleads that they leave Africa out of it. As one of my colleagues, Jenkins Okoh Umendu, remarked, on my Facebook wall: “Kingdoms rise and fall based on the spiritual and moral architecture they build on; corporate America may have begun the natural descent into ‘when things were better’ here”. While one ruminates on that apt summation, it would be necessary to wonder if Obama would be proposing and seeking the hand of our handsome, lanky president for marriage, when he comes calling on July 20th. That would be a logical conclusion to this wooing game which has been going on.