Although the same-sex relationship such as lesbianism and the likes, has gained popularity and acceptance in some parts of the world, there are still countries and individuals that are strongly opposed to it, Nigeria inclusive.
Gay relationship in our part of the globe is perceived to be an abomination, an act of shame and a step away from the natural order of life hence, most families do not take it lightly when one of them if found guilty of the crime. This explains why a family in Benin City, Edo State, disowned one of their daughters over her alleged involvement in lesbianism.
The family explained that the move to let the public know that they were disowning their 27-year-old daughter, who is based in Italy, was because her act has become known to the public and has brought shame upon them.
Mr. Mike Omohe, the family head, told journalists of their decision after a meeting of senior members of the family held at their family house in Benin City.
“We have been fully informed of our daughter’s shameful act of lesbianism. We now know that true to rumours we have had in the past, she is now a lesbian.
“We also know of her shameful relationship with another girl. We want her to know that she is no longer acceptable in our family as a daughter.
“She can no longer refer to us as her family members nor return to the family. As a matter of fact, she cannot even practice her shameful act here in Nigeria as we will report her to the authority and make sure she is jailed.
“As a responsible people, who puts premium on African culture and tradition, we disapprove of her act. She is no longer qualify to be associated with us as we know that her unrepentant act constitute sin to God and man.”
On 13 January 2014, the president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan signed into law the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, which parliament passed in May 2013.