Anti gay law: Jonathan deserves commendation –Tahir

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Senior Special Assistant to the President on Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Tahir Umar, has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for signing Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition law.

gayIn a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, Umar said by signing the law, the president spoke the mind of many Nigerians, who rejected the idea.

He said the proposal also negated the teachings of Islam and the traditions of  Prophet Muhammad.

“The institution of marriage, as ordained by Allah and practised by the prophet is a legally contracted union between a man and a woman.

“Engaging in gay marriage, lesbianism and other forms of marriage which contradict what is laid down in the Holy Qur’an and the Hadith, is a major sin before Allah,” he said

Umar described the law as a triumph for the administration, which had been working hard to ensure greater understanding and promotion of peace and harmony among Muslims and Christians.

He said same-sex marriage was an unnecessary distraction capable of breeding discontent in the Nigerian society.

He said the signing of the law coincided with the period when Muslims in the country joined their counterparts all over the world to celebrate Maulud Nabiyyi.

Umar said because of the importance of Maulud Nabiyyi, President  Goodluck Jonathan dispatched a delegation to Niger Republic and Senegal for international prayer session to mark the birth of Muhammad.

The delegation was led by the Minister of Special Duties, Alhaji Saminu Turaki.

“Maulud Nabiyyi is a period in which we are constantly reminded of the life and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, who preached the virtues of peace, tolerance and love for one another.”

Umar called on Muslims to imbibe the teachings of the prophet by living peacefully with one another. (NAN)


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