Beyond The Outlaw of Homosexuality: What Is The Character of Nigeria’s Sovereignty?

Babatunde S. Emmanuel, David Mark

The position of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to criminalise homosexuality has been applauded by many Nigerians. No doubt, by this action the upper tier of government has earned some degree of confidence from the Nigerian people. Having achieved this laudable feat, what next?

This question has become very imperative, as threats by Britain and its allies to cut foreign aids to countries who prohibits the rights of gay is an issue of great national concern.  The Senate President David Mark in response to this threat had said “If there is any country that wants to stop giving us aid because we want to pass the bill on same sex, that country can go ahead.  We are sovereign nation and we have rights for ourselves because no country can interfere in the way we run our country”.  That was a powerful statement of statesmanship.

Yes! Nigeria is a sovereign state.  But, what does it mean to be sovereign? According to the Black’s Law Dictionary, “Sovereignty is the supreme, absolute, and uncontrollable power by which any independent state is governed; supreme political authority; the supreme will; paramount control of the constitution and frame of government and its administration; the self-sufficient source of political power, from which all specific political powers are derived; the international independence of a state, combined with the right and power of regulating its internal affairs without foreign dictation”.  The two keywords here are self-sufficiency and international independence.  Are these truly reflective of Nigeria’s sovereignty?

The second question we should be asking ourselves right now is how sovereign is Nigeria’s sovereignty? What is the strength of the character of our sovereignty as a nation? Anyway, having exercised the rights of a sovereign nation and called the bluff of the superpower and its allies, do we just seat back and wish away the threats that are hanging over our heads?

At this point it is important to remember that Nigeria, since its 51 years of independence has not ranked among self-reliant nations and has continued to depend on foreign aids, goods and services.  The entire infrastructure upon which our economy is based is dependent on foreign supplies.  Today, Nigeria is like a structure coupled together with foreign nuts and bolts.  If the owners of nuts and bolts decide to unscrew their properties, the entire structure crumbles.

Our industrial infrastructure, domestic appliances, medical equipments, pharmaceuticals such as antiretroviral vaccines, polio vaccines etc, even clothings and cosmetics used by Nigerian elites including the senators are foreign made.  The masses and the poor are not exempted, the only difference is that they survive on fairly used “tokunbo” goods from foreign lands. Our educational system is so messed up that an average Nigerian who can afford it now considers overseas training as better alternative.  This is most unfortunate!

Our most important concern should now be how we should begin to build the character of our sovereignty such that it will be unchallengeable by foreign powers.  More than ever before, the statemanlike role of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria should yet again be brought to bear in the quest to strengthen the character of our nation.  In the past and even now, the awkward indifference of the legislators over the passage of relevant laws to combat social ills responsible for Nigeria’s underdevelopment has created image credibility problems for the national assembly.  Today, our sovereignty is being challenged by foreign powers that have provided the foreign anchors that have kept the nation’s ship from drifting away. This is reality and truly calls for worry.

Therefore, the legislators are required more than ever before to display institutional courage and guts to ensure speedy passage of laws that will strengthen the character of our national sovereignty, especially, laws that will reduce Nigeria’s reliance on foreign aids. Also to be considered by the legislators are laws that will revamp our educational system and make overseas training unattractive as well as laws that will promote development of indigenous capability in science and technology.

The social ills of corruption, incompetence of public office holders, electoral malpractices, etc are as much abominable as homosexuality in Nigeria as they are mostly responsible for the weak character of Nigeria’s sovereignty.  Therefore, laws that will effectively punish and stamp-out corruption in all its ramifications as well as potent enough to punish those who are behind the failures of the nation’s power and energy sectors in particular as well as the nation’s economy at large should be speedily enacted.  These in my considered opinion also ranked among abominable offences that should attract a minimum of 14 years jail term without the option of fine as it obtains in the gay rights law.

Finally, it is time to braze up ourselves in preparation for the worse that may result from calling the bluff of the superpower and its allies. The legislators should with the highest sense of responsibility and with the kind of unanimous consent employed in the case of the gay rights law begin speedy enactment of laws that will strengthen the character of our national sovereignty to forestall further challenges from foreign powers.

Nigerian Institute of International Affairs

sbemmanuel@yahoo.com

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Empty threat

sumanguru, we shall definitely cross the bridge when we get to it. No man or nation is an island. we shall also sanction cameron's Britain and barack obama's usa when the time comes. let them dare. WHY DON'T THEY GRANT THESE GAYS RESIDENT VISAS THEN FERRY THEM OUT OF AFRICA. LET THEM CONTINUE PROPAGATING GAY MARRIAGES AND BE EXTINCT IN 150 YRS. Aids my foot.

the truth

im not gay but here come the truth of all things, we all shull remove the plank in our eye before trying to remove thorns from other people eyes 4 all sins are equle gay or fornication.

please ur contribution is

please ur contribution is nonsensesical.....next time keep ur contribution to yourself

@ Author

What is David Mark doing in your by line? Is he a contributor to this article? David Mark is known for talking and thinking later, nobody in his right mind should ever call him a statesman because he is not. This is the same man that infamously said that telephone is not for the poor as a Telecommunications Minister. He is responsible for running down NITEL and made it completely unsellable.

Having said that, this worthless legislation is like tugging at the tail of a sleeping lion. What business does Nigeria have with homosexual marriage? Never knew it was an issue here. Now having drawn the ire of our international friends, we, the masses will now be left to bear the brunt of their extremism and indolence.

Take my word for it, they will definitely make good their threat and lets see how it affects the David Marks of this world.

Banning Homosexuality

It is very puzzling to read all this debate on homosexuality in Nigeria and to contemplate the sheer hypocrisy of some of Nigerian politicians (governors, Senators, etc.) and business and military leaders who are practising homosexuals or bisexuals and are kown to be so. There is a polite silence by the leadership that this takes place but they ought to be less hypocritical in their harassment of the homosexual minorities.

You can never stop

You can never stop homosexuality because this is the age in which we were destined to rise and rise and shine above all. Better join us if you want to prosper in this age. Besides most of those law makers are into it but cannot say so because they are ashamed. anyway they will become exposed one by one.THIS IS OUR TIME TO REIGN AND SHINE YOU FOOLS. YOU CANNOT I REPEAT, YOU WILL NOT STOP US COS WE ARE MARCHING FORWARD, MOVING HIGHER. OUR FORCES ARE GATHERING STRENGHT DAY BY DAY. WE WILL OVERCOME ALL OF YOU. WE WILL CONQUER. WE HAVE PERMEATED INTO EVERY NOOK AND CRANY OF SOCIETY. BOTH HIGH AND LOW. WE ARE IN EVERY FAMILY. WHEREVER THERE IS A HUMAN GENE POOL WE ARE THERE . WE ARE EMBERDED INTO THE VERY FABRIC OF YOUR SOUL. WE ARE EVEN LATENT IN YOUR GENES. WE WILL MANIFEST EVEN IN YOUR CHILDREN YET UNBORN, IN YOUR HUSBANDS. WE WILL STEAL YOUR HUSBANDS FROM YOU, YOUR WIVES FROM UR BEDS WILL BECOME OURS. WE WILL DOMINATE YOUR WORLD . AND WE WILL.HOMOSEXUALITY WILL WIN.

Nigeria,a country of Hypocrits and Shadow Chasers!

Personally i abhor and condemn gay/lesbian relationship and urge persons involved in it to REPENT and accept Christ before it is too late. However the anti-gay bill is being CELEBRATED by ALL as if it will guarantee the PROSPERITY or FUTURE WELL BEING of our country. As a Christian,gay/lesbian relationship is a SIN,but so also is fornication,adultery,abortion,cheating,lies,murder,stealing,cursing and abusing others,etc Is there a LESSER sin and BIGGER sin? Like JESUS said "let the one without SIN cast the first stone". It is amazing that LOOTERS of billions of naira of public funds will bag shorter jail term compared to gay/lesbian offenders. Moreover,how far have we implemented/ENFORCED our numerous EXISTING laws-ICPC,EFCC,anti-rape law,freedom of information act,childs right law,etc
After all the NOISE and CELEBRATIONS,the bill will be passed and placed on the shelves to GATHER DUST. Nigeria is a country where HYPOCRISY,TRIVIALITIES and SHADOW CHASING thrives.

try gay weddings with boko haram-they brought it to NAIJA

Without enacting laws to protect our weak and visionless Sovereignty, even if the Brits and the USA wants to deal with Nigeria, with regards to the gay nonsense, they will. The vultures did not need a bill on gay rights before USA, the Brits and France attacked Libya. They did not require one to attack Iraq and Syria. But we must ensure that our Yes remains Yes and No our NO. Those who want to suck the yash of their fellow men can go and reside in the USA and London. But certainly not in Nigeria. The white pigs and their Arab slave traders first came with Christainity and Islam, now gay rights. What next oooh yee Nigerians? They will soon ask us to sleep with our mothers-while fathers are told to take their daughters to bed as we see in Europe and America. Its better for us to remain in our stone age than to bow to the wishes of the satan in Obama, Sarkozy and Cameron. Let them go and try it with boko haram-not us!

AFRICA SHOULD SUE THE WEST TO WITHDRAW SAME SEX LAWS TOO

African countries should be meddling in the USA, British and other western laws too. Sue them for destroying our world by advocating man marrying man. AFRICA WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??. GO AND ROCK THE BOAT TOO. THE WORLD IS YOURS TOO.