Jos – The Catholic Archbishop of Jos, Ignatius Kaigama, has declared that Nigerians would not accept same-sex marriage saying the culture is alien to Nigeria.
The cleric, who made the statement on Tuesday in Jos at the opening of the 13th General Assembly of the archdiocese, warned the Federal Government not to impose the `evil culture’ on Nigerians.
The theme of this year’s general assembly was, ”Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Concept of Evangelisation.”
Kaigama said the Catholic Church does not only advocate severe punishment for gays or lesbians, it was also opposed to it and any other similar act.
He urged Nigerian families to educate their children and wards not to indulge in same-sex marriage.
He said: “the family as a foundation of human society is the basic cell of the society and foster the solid bonds of unity on which human existence is based.
“The culture of same-sex marriage is alien to our understanding and it should not be imposed on Nigerians.
“Our stand on marriage, family and human society remains unchanged; we say No and will continue to say No to same-sex marriage.
“Marriage must be between a man and a woman,” Kaigama.’’
In a keynote address he presented at the occasion, Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau thanked the Catholic Church for its commitment to ensure that citizens of the state live in peace.
Lalong, represented by Prof. John Wade, the Director, Research and Documentation, also thanked the Catholic Church for lessening the burden of government in the areas of education and health.
“I most appreciate the church for establishing schools and hospitals for our people to benefit from; this has gone a long way to lessen the burden of government.
“The goal of our administration is to reduce human sufferings by uplifting the quality of life of the vast majority of the people and re-invigorate the civil service for optimum productivity,” he said.
The governor assured that his administration would not fail the church, the people and the state. (NAN)