Nigerian Ambassador, Usman Sarki has told the United Nations (UN) secretariat to stop promoting the Lesbian,Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) agenda in defiance of a majority of member states that uphold natural marriage.
Sarki was responding to the UN’s issuance last week of six postage stamps tied to the UN Human Rights office’s Free and Equal campaign advancing the status of homosexual, transgender and bisexual people.
In a meeting with National representatives, the Nigerian Ambassador told the UN limit itself solely to issues that beneficial to mankind and not to hide under the disguise of seeking human rights to promote aberrant behaviors.
“We wish to remind the UN to limit itself strictly to activities mandated by member states and especially to promote issues that are beneficial to mankind rather than lend itself as tool to promote aberrant behavior under the guise of promoting human rights.”
He added that the UN secretariat should not be promoting causes when many and even a majority of states oppose it.
“What is clear to many is that the UN has now decided without any reservation or hesitation to side with a minority of member states and practitioners of this lifestyle, in complete disregard of the wishes and concerns of the majority of its member states and the populations that they represent,” he said.
He concluded by saying that, “The UN should not take unilateral decisions on such sensitive matters that offend the sensibilities of the majority of its member states, and contradict their religious beliefs, cultures, traditions and laws.”
In Nigeria, homosexual relationships is strictly disallowed by Christians and attracts a death penalty in the Muslim north.
African officials had in 2013 rejected attempts by UN and sexual rights activists to promote homosexuality and abortion. According to a report amicus brief carried out by a team of 54 lawyers filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, 176 countries “retain the understanding of marriage as the union of a man and a woman.” In other words, explained the brief, “Over ten times as many countries disallow same-sex marriage as allow it.”
Sarki was attacked by humanist Leo Igwe for his statement at the meeting. Igwe said Sarki was “peddling falsehood” and was not speaking for “most Nigerians” at all.
“In fact millions of Nigerians want the UN not to cave to pressure and blackmail from homophobic member states,” he argued.
The result of a worldwide survey of attitudes towards homosexuality conducted in 2013 by the Pew Foundation are very close with Sarki’s views of most Nigerians, who turns out to be the least accepting of all 40 countries surveyed; with 98 percent answering with an outright “No” to the question: “Should society accept homosexuality?” and only 1 percent answering “yes.”
Christian leaders in Africa have accused the U.S. and European countries of blackmailing African states into advancing homosexual claims by threatening the withdrawal of military or economic aid.