Anti-gay Law: Tell Nigerians your plans to abolish it if elected – PDP challenges Buhari

Anti-gay Law: Tell Nigerians your plans to abolish it if elected – PDP challenges Buhari

The People’s Democratic Party
Presidential Campaign Organisation
(PDPPCO) has challenged the All
Progressives Congress (APC) presidential
candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari
to come out and tell Nigerians if he is
considering the request of some foreign
nations to scrap anti-gay laws and allow
same-sex marriage, in order to secure
their support.
This challenge is contained in a
statement issued by the director of Media
and Publicity of the PDPPCO, Chief Femi
Fami-Kayode.
Fani-Kayode said: “It is very unfortunate
that rather than join hands with the
Federal Government and endeavor to
stand shoulder to shoulder with their
compatriots and their country when it
comes to the conduct of international
affairs, the APC are always ready to
assume the worst about their
government and about their President.

“Our counsel to them is to grow up, get
real and stop playing politics with such
sensitive matters that border on the
interest and credibility of our nation and
our people.

“If they want a clarification about the
Moroccan affair, they ought to go
through the appropriate channels and
perhaps attempt to reach our Foreign
Minister in order to find out what really
happened.

“That is the proper and responsible thing
to do. They do not need to make a song
and dance about the whole thing and
they certainly should not try to gain
political mileage out of it or join forces
with those from outside our shores that
do not wish Nigeria or the Nigerian people well.

“We are fully aware of their obvious and
pronounced intellectual limitations when
it comes to such matters; yet, regardless
of that, they must always endeavour to
remember that we are, first and
foremost, Nigerians and regardless of
whichever side of the political divide we
find ourselves or whichever political party
we belong to, we must always seek to
protect our nation’s interest before
anything else.

“For the APC to even begin to assume
that it is true that our President or any of
our government officials lied in this
episode with the King of Morocco and for
them to so readily accept the suggestion
that we have done anything wrong or
that we have somehow misled our people
about what actually transpired speaks
volumes.

“Our President is certainly not a liar. The
only liars here are the APC and their
perfidious and conflicted spokesman, Lai
Mohammed. Our President and our
government have done Nigeria proud
when it comes to the conduct of foreign
affairs over the last few years and when it
comes to building bridges with other
nations. This is particularly so when it
comes to our relationship with other
African countries.

“Our military collaboration with the
nations of Chad, Niger and the
Cameroons in the fight against Boko
Haram and the great successes that we
are jointly recording in that bitter fight is
a glaring testimony to that.

“Any Nigerian or any Nigerian political
party that joins hands with foreigners to
denigrate our nation, to belittle our
foreign policy, to undermine our
credibility in the comity of nations or to
work against our country’s vital core
interests by assuming the worst about
the conduct of our foreign affairs is
simply a traitor and is not worthy of
being called a Nigerian.

“Once again, the APC has shown, by their
plea for a clarification on this matter,
that they are a party that simply cannot
possibly comprehend or grasp the
complexities of national leadership or the
conduct of foreign affairs.

“They have proved that they will always
put their own personal and narrow party
interests before the interests of our
people and our nation. The basic lesson
that they need to learn is this: in a time
of war, you do not join hands with
foreign governments or foreign kings to
undermine the interest of your nation or
to denigrate your President.

“Instead of talking about the King of
Morocco and who spoke to who, the APC
should tell us whether it is true that their
presidential candidate, General
Muhammadu Buhari, in response to a
request from some western countries, is
considering scrapping the anti-gay laws
in our country and pushing through
legislation that would allow same-sex
marriage.

“We are far more interested in that than
in the King of Morocco because if it is
true that that is what they are planning,
it would be a reflection of their moral
depravity as a party and it would be a
negation of our values as a God-fearing
nation”.

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