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BUHARI WILL LEGALIZE GAY MARRIAGE, IF ELECTED PRESIDENT- FANI-KAYODE
The Director-General of the People’s Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organization, PDPPCO, Femi Fani-Kayode has accused the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, of signing a pact with four western nations assuring them of his preparedness to support same-sex marriage if he emerges winner at the March 28 polls.
According to Fani-Kayode, four western countries have already extracted a commitment from Buhari, who represents the All Progressives Congress, to support a legislation enabling same sex marriage.
Addressing a press conference Wednesday in Abuja, the Director-General of President Jonathan’s campaign organization alleged that the proposal was sold to the APC presidential candidate by emissaries of 4 western nations during his brief visit to the United Kingdom.
“He had talks with the representatives of at least four western countries. The leaders of those countries made an offer to General Muhammadu Buhari and we are reliably informed that he has put the offer under consideration.
“The proposition and offer was that if he was prepared to support legislation in Nigeria to allow same sex marriage and if he was prepared to repeal the anti-gay laws in Nigeria they will, in return, endorse, support and fund him, initially covertly and eventually publicly, at the right time,” Fani-Kayode alleged.
“Instead of him to say NO he assured them that he would consider these two things.
“We believe that this is a matter that ought to be brought to the attention of the Nigerian people as a matter of urgency,” he further stated.
Alleging that the APC is desperate to assume leadership at the federal level, Fani-Kayode stated that the party would not shy away from signing a pact that promises the scrapping the anti-gay or anti-homosexual legislations and subsequently endorsing and supporting fresh legislation that would allow same sex marriage in the country, if it would further their aim to clinch power.
“They are considering this despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of the Nigerian people find same sex marriage and, indeed, homosexuality repugnant and unacceptable.
“We are using this occasion to challenge General Buhari to come clean and to tell the Nigerian people whether this is true and whether, in the unlikely event of his being elected President, he is seriously considering scrapping the anti-homosexual laws in our country and pushing through new legislation which would allow same sex marriage,” Fani-Kayode said.
The Senate passed a bill that criminalizes homosexuality and gay marriage also prescribing as much as 14 years in jail for offenders, in January 2014.