The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Olugbenga Ashiru has stated that the country will permit the accreditation of foreign diplomats who are in a same-sex marriage, despite its stand on the issue.
Ashiru,who made this known in London, said that all ambassadors to Nigeria will be allowed 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,” he said.
“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,” the minister added.
He however, said there was currently no such case in the country.
The National Assembly has passed a bill banning same sex marriage in Nigeria, with those found guilty liable to a jail term of between 10 years and 14 years.
Source: Nigerian Telegraph