Archbishop Emeritus of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Okogie, and founder of Vineyard Christian Centre, Lagos, Bishop John Osa-Oni, have sent a strong warning to the United States of America and its Western allies to desist from pressurising Nigerian government to soft pedal on its current anti-gay stands, vowing that no amount of intimidation would make the nation succumb to their whims and caprices.
Addressing newsmen in Lagos ahead of a world leadership conference of end-time generals scheduled to take place at the Guiding Light Assembly from Thursday, March 13 to Saturday 15, Osa-Oni said it was most unfortunate that the West, which brought Christianity to Africa, now wants African nations to embrace gay marriage which goes against the very foundation of the Christian faith.
He said: “The Holy Bible is unambiguous about the issue of homosexuality and I thank God for the National Assembly for passing the bill into an act despite pressure from the West and the courage of President Goodluck Jonathan for signing same into law without giving consideration to threats from Western leaders to stop aides to the nation.”
On his part, the Catholic cardinal said: “I don’t know what concerns the United States and the other western nations on a matter that purely concerns our own moral code. As a nation, we have a right to determine what we want and what we don’t want.
“If the western nations decide that homosexuality and lesbianism are good enough for them, fine. But they have no right to impose their will on us. We have made it clear that we do not approve of gay relationship under any guise or its attendant consequences and we have every right to entrench such in our law. That is the wishes of our people, and as you know, the voice of the people is the voice of God.”
He said: “I have said it before, and I will continue to say it: nothing can make us bend to their wishes. If, as I gathered, over 83 countries across the world are currently opposed to homosexuality, it shows how unpopular the practice is. It is against our religious belief and custom, and these are very sensitive areas that make us who we are as a people and we cannot compromise them.”