An Anglican bishop in Nigeria has appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to sign the ‘Jail all the Gays Bill’ before gay marriage makes the world end.
The bill bans same-sex marriage, outlaws anyone from forming organizations supporting gay rights, and sets up prison terms of up to 14 years for gay and bisexual people, whether or not they have had sex.
Anybody who knows somebody who is gay will have to tell the authorities or they could go to jail for five years themselves.
It was approved by Nigeria’s Senate in 2011 and by the House of Representatives in May this year and needs Jonathan’s sign-off to become law.
Now the Anglican Bishop of Asaba, Justus Mogekwu, has urged him to assent to the bill, saying same-sex marriage was not a human right but a curse.
Nigerian newspaper Premium Times reports him as saying world powers are bringing the prophesy of the fall of Babylon from the Bible into being by backing lesbian and gay marriage equality.
In Revelations an avenging angel destroys the great civilization of Babylon by hurling a millstone into the sea. It’s a metaphor for the end of the world.
He said: ‘I want to therefore plead with the National Assembly to appeal to the President to sign the anti-gay marriage bill into law. Same-sex marriage is evil; we will survive without the world powers, the world is coming to an end.’
LGBT Nigerian activist Bisi Alimi told Gay Star News: ‘The increasing pressures the religious leaders are putting on the president to accent to the Anti Same-Sex Marriage Bill is a clear indication that in the heart of these men of God there is no love. The Bible is clear, God is Love.
‘The religious leaders in Nigeria are making the promotion of hate and abuse of LGBT community in Nigeria as their number one agenda rather than promoting good governance, accountability and respect.
‘At the Mo Ibrahim awards for Good Governance in Africa, Nigeria has fallen eight places to 41 out of 52 due to lack of political and structure stability. But this is not a concern for religious leaders who instead focus on what two consenting adults in loving relationship are doing with their lives.’