With all the challenges that Nigeria faces, one would think the members of the legislature would be more concerned to see that their valuable time is spent on debating issues that really matter, and on making laws that are geared towards improving the quality of life for Nigerians. What we have instead is our legislators debating homosexuality, and in the process displaying a level of ignorance about it that is alarming. As far as I am aware, there has been no agitation in Nigeria by same gender loving people for the right to marry, so one wonders from where the need for such a law arose.
The constitution of Nigeria is a secular constitution. What this implies is that laws are to be passed with regard to issues such as human rights and with no reference to religion whatsoever. However, in arguing for the bill, we are told that, "Hon. Tahir, for instance, noted that the act depicts moral decadence in any given society and a digress from God’s purpose of creating marriage institution, stressing that such act as stated in both Islam and Christian religions remain ungodly act."
My view on this is that Hon. Tahir has crossed the line when he makes reference to his religious faith, which as I see it, should always be a private matter between the individual and his god, and should have no place in a legislative assembly where laws are passed, laws which affect the lives of the general population, including those whose religious beliefs might be different, or those who may have no religious beliefs at all.