"Diplomats With Same Sex Spouses Posted to Nigeria Will Be Accredited" - Minister

"Diplomats With Same Sex Spouses Posted to Nigeria Will Be Accredited" - Minister

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Olugbenga Ashiru, declared that Nigeria will accredit foreign diplomats married to people of the same sex in spite of its stand on the issue.

Ashiru made the position known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in London on Monday . 

He said that ambassadors posted to Nigeria would be accredited to serve in the country with their spouses " no matter their marriage status. "Nigeria is not against any country for legalising gay marriage but in our country, given our customs and traditions, as well as religious beliefs, marriage as ordained by God is between a man and a woman.

"But if we have diplomats with same sex spouses posted to Nigeria, we have no choice but to accredit them accordingly because they come from countries where such law is in place," Ashiru said. 

He, however, said that there were no such cases in the country at the moment. 

The National Assembly has passed a bill banning same sex marriage in Nigeria and prescribing a jail term of between 10 years and 14 years for anyone who indulges in the act or abets it.

Nigeria's position has drawn the ire of mainly Western countries.

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