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[afro-nets] The Same Sex Bill passed by Nigerian Senate (27)

  • From: "Oladele Ogunseitan" <oladele.ogunseitan@uci.edu>
  • Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2012 12:58:26 -0800


The most disturbing aspect of the opinions that have been presented by Nigerians who support the Nigerian legislation on homosexuality is the claim that "it is foreign to our culture" and "Christian values." There is nothing indigenous about "Christian values" in Nigeria, as the missionaries who introduced these religious values are "foreigners" and indeed, the values are "second hand" having originated from the Middle East.

These opinions would have been better informed by traditional African spiritual values, including Yoruba values which are vastly more tolerant than any of the "global" foreign religions that are instigating violent intolerance in Nigeria.

On both moral, religious, human rights, and particularly public health grounds, we should all fight to overturn the Nigerian legislation against homosexuality. It is retrogressive and an embarrassment for a country with such great potentials.

Best wishes for the new year.

Oladele A. Ogunseitan, PhD, MPH
Professor of Public Health
Professor of Social Ecology
Chair, Department of Population Health & Disease Prevention
Director of Research Education, Training and Career Development
Institute for Clinical and Translational Science
University of California, Irvine
CA 92697-3957
Phone: 949-824-0611
Web: http://publichealth.uci.edu