Skip to comments.Canadian gvmt canceled Nigerian presidentís visit after he signed homosexuality law
Posted on 01/22/2014 6:17:14 AM PST by IbJensen
OTTAWA, January 21, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) - African media is reporting that a state visit by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to Canada planned for February has been canceled by the Canadian government because Jonathan signed his countrys controversial homosexuality law.
The law imposes a 14-year prison sentence on anyone who enters a same-sex marriage contract or civil union or aids and abets such an action. It also bans public displays of affection between homosexuals, along with gay clubs and organizations.
SaharaReporters.com reports that sources in Abuja said the Nigerian ambassador to Canada, Ojo Madueke, was told by an undisclosed Canadian official to inform President Jonathan that the state visit to Canada scheduled for February 13-14, 2014 had been scrapped.
Attempts by LifeSiteNews to reach the Nigerian High Commission in Ottawa for a statement were unsuccessful.
Canada.com reported that its attempts to verify the African media reports through the office of Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird were also unsuccessful, with the Foreign Affairs department stating only that no visit is scheduled and that the government looked forward to welcoming the Nigerian president at a future date.
John Baird is well known for pushing homosexual rights as a key component of Canada's foreign policy.
In October 2012, Baird denounced Uganda at an international summit in Quebec City for actions he believed violate homosexual rights. Uganda has consistently stood against pressure from international gay activists and the UN to accept Western sexual values, passing in 2005 a constitutional amendment that criminalized same-sex marriage and specified that marriage is lawful only if entered into between a man and a woman.
The speaker of the Ugandan Parliament accused Baird at that time of harboring a colonial attitude towards African nations and meddling in the countrys internal affairs.
In reaction to the new Nigerian law against homosexuality, Baird said he was deeply concerned about Nigeria's Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act.
We call on Nigeria to repeal this law and to promote and protect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all Nigerians regardless of their sexual orientation, Baird said in a press release on January 13.
Canada has clearly spoken out against human rights violations committed against people on the basis of their sexuality, and we will continue to do so, Baird said.
However, the new law has been praised by most Nigerian pro-family and religious groups and has widespread popular support.
Alhaji Ahmed Gulak, President Jonathan's special adviser on political affairs, defended the president's approval of the law, and slammed foreign governments for not respecting Nigerian cultural sensibilities and religious beliefs.
"The hostile reaction of Europeans and the United States to the recent signing into law of the bill that outlaws marriages and sexual relations between people of the same sex has not taken into consideration the socio-cultural differences between people of different racial backgrounds, and more importantly the religious beliefs of our people," Gulak told the AllAfrica news service.
"What the anti-gay law has tried to achieve is to protect and promote family values as we know it from the start," Gulak explained, adding that there is no way homosexual marriages would accelerate his nation's socio-economic progress.
REAL Women of Canada, which has been highly critical of Minister Baird for imposing what the group says is his own perspective on homosexuality, called the reported cancellation of President Jonathan's visit to Canada "hypocritical."
"We can surmise that Mr. Baird is demonstrating his opposition to the Nigerian legislation on homosexuality and same-sex marriage," said Gwen Landolt, the groups National Vice-President, "but remains silent on the matter apparently so as not to antagonize that oil rich country and derail Canadas commercial ties with it.
"He may also be concerned about antagonizing conservative voters who do not like his pushing a homosexual agenda on a country which has a different socio-cultural, racial, and religious background," Landolt said.
"Mr. Baird is treading a very thin line trying to have it both ways. He may end up undiplomatically, antagonizing everyone," she concluded.
No doubt Canada's 'wondrous' Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird, played a role in this decision. He was the cabinet minister who expressed outrage over Russia banning homosexual propaganda being directed at Russian children.
America's government is now riddled with homosexuals!
They’re just racists.
signed, Al Sharptongue.
Let me get this straight.
They allow heads of state from Muslim Countries where the penalty for homosexuality is death, the penalty for converting from Islam is death, where alleges adulterers and rape victims are stoned to death, etc., etc, but DENY admission to a Christian who merely signed a law making homosexuality illegal???
I think we need to GO BACK and READ some “enlightenment” political philosophy and maybe the Canadian people should read the American Declaration of Independence and PUT IT TO WORK. ALSO, AMERICANS should go back and read the Declaration of Independence and ponder its meaning.
A government which is tyrannical and does not reflect the wishes of the majority of its people is illegitimate and criminal and that precisely is what we have in most western countries today - unless of course, the majority of their residents really believe they are subjects who should follow the dictates of their political “betters”
The central socialist American government needs to knock homosexuals off the pedestal created!
Okay, Nigeria needs to identify something of importance to Canada that Nigeria can affect and start applying pressure; energy supplies, trade, whatever it might be. Also, restrict Canadian diplomats in Nigeria and send the Ambassador home.
“You stupid Africans don’t know how to govern yourselves. How dare you set up a society that reflects your values.”—Harper and Obamugabe.
In the Liberal world and mind, it is....
The Third World is realizing the West needs them more than they need the West; the Third World has resources needed by the West to maintain their standard of living, and most importantly, people to populate the West.
This will pi$$ off Nigerians and Jonathan will win the upcoming election. well played, sir
Nigeria will replace South Africa as the continent’s socio-economic powerhouse.
“Nigeria will replace South Africa as the continents socio-economic powerhouse.”
Their oil should let them give the gold & diamonds of S. Africa a run for their money; they are already a regional power to be reckoned with in West Africa.
I didn't know obammy was scheduled for a visit to Canada.
When it comes to the depravities of homosexuality, the Africans get it, the Russians get it, but degenerate Western democracies don’t seem to get it.
Strange.......and very ironic.
So what is the basic problem?
That "the majority of their residents really believe they are subjects who should follow the dictates of their political betters"
Or that the electorate is uninformed?
Or does the majority of the electorate actually approved of the actions of government?
Or is the electorate so confused as to be unable to take meaningful action?
I would like to know what you--and other Freepers--think.
And what solutions there might be to this problem.
Harper is rightly praised for reversing the formerly anti-Israel position of the Canadian government. However, on “social issues” (ie, G-d’s commandments) he’s a total bust. I wish it weren’t so.
Even the Arabs get it; whatever they are reported to do in the closet, they still have a closet kept in place by their culture.
ALL of the above.