Wednesday, 12 February 2014

US Vows Not To Give Up Until Nigeria Accepts Same-Sex Marriage Practice

The United States government yesterday, vowed that it would not give up its effort to compel Nigeria to reverse its law on prohibition of gay and homosexual practice in the country.

The US government also averred that it would ensure there is no violation of human rights in an attempt to guide against same-sex-marriage.

US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas, Greenfield, made this known on a live-web chat programme with journalists in African countries.

"US is opposed to the legislation targeted against the gay people and we will continue to press forward to see that it is changed so that those group of people will have freedom to exercise their rights.

"We are of the view that criminalisation against anybody on the basis of their sexual orientation and affiliation is wrong and we will continue to press Nigeria government and the legislators to change the anti-gay law," Greenfield said.

Speaking on US-Nigeria's effort towards combating Islamist fundamentalists, Greenfield said US was working closely with the Federal Government to bring an end to extremism in the country.

She said: "There has to be a multi-faceted approach to dealing with extremism and we will continue to work with Nigeria to combat it.

"Terrorism we know affects the whole of Nigerian people and with our collaboration with Nigerian government, we hope to bring it to an end in the country, as we will not relent in our effort at fighting it to a finish."

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