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Information Minister Labaran Maku made it clear that the country of Nigeria has no obligation to apologize to other countries for any of its laws. He made the remarks in response to heavy US and UK criticism for recent anti-gay laws that were passed by the government.
"Let me make the point clear, our country is an independent country, we reserve the right to make our laws without apologies to other countries," he said.
The new law makes it illegal for homosexuals to marry, giving a 14-year prison term for anyone convicted. It also criminalizes "any person who registers operates or participates in gay... organizations"
"…we live in a democracy, we live in a free country, we live in an independent country,” the minister went on to say.
The minister goes on to make the point that many of the activities that are considered to be fundamental rights to those who live in other countries can be incredibly offensive to Africans. Most Nigerian citizens are far more conservative than those in the United States. Other African countries have been accused of encouraging attacks and arrests on homosexuals, leading to an international fight on issues relating to gay rights.
“Many Nigerians are convinced that homosexuality is "of the devil", against our "culture" and an encroachment of "sad Western values,” says Chude Jideonwo on CNN.com.