Anglican Bishop Swipes USA, Canada Over Gay Law

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Godwin Okpala
Anglican Bishop Swipes Usa, Canada Over Gay Law

The Anglican Bishop of Nnewi Diocese, (Prof) Godwin Okpala (OON)
yesterday took a swipe on the United States of America,(USA), Canada
and other countries, especially the European countries over their
negative reaction to Nigeria for promulgating law against same sex
relationships and marriages in the country.

 Godwin Okpala
Godwin Okpala

The Bishop who addressed journalists at the Bishop’s Court, Nnewi said
that the outburst of these foreign nations without taking cognizance
of our cherished moral, religious and cultural idiosyncrasies, has
again betrayed their lack of respect for Nigeria and other developing
nations’ sovereignty and independence.

He therefore warned that international relationship, interdependence
and consultation do not mean loss of our sovereignty or invitation to
unbridled external influence whatsoever. That none of these nations
currently breathing down our neck ever ask us how we feel about
anything they intend to do, even when such was directly going to
affect us.

Bishop Okpala noted that all Nigerians were united on the law against
homosexuals because such negative behaviour is against the two
dominant religions in Nigeria and that same sex relationship is also
against the nation’s intrinsic culture and negates reason and all
known logic.

The cleric said that USA and her allies’ threat to stop their support
to the country in the war against malaria and HIV/AIDS should not
bother President Goodluck Jonathan, he stressed that the country is
rich enough to take care of her domestic need. He wondered their
sincerity in the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS while closing
eyes on ways of its spread and easy contact

He recounted that the church led by the Anglican Bishops long ago in
1998 voted against same sex marriage and that the communion with them
in USA stopped when an homosexual was ordained priest in that country.

The bishop used the opportunity to correct what he saw as an erroneous
impression that the church originated from the West. According to him,
Africa indeed received Christianity before the West and that Africa
still have the responsibility of evangelizing them because they have
lost it.

He commended Jonathan, members of the National Assembly and indeed all
Nigerians for taking the same sex marriage law initiative. He
described it as a very popular law.

On the proposed national dialogue, Bishop Okpala said there was the
need to allow the people freely discuss all the issues bothering the
nation. He want the outcome to be assessed vide a referendum.

He urged all citizens to pray relentlessly for our leaders, especially
Jonathan in his efforts to re-introduce morality and sanity into the
polity.

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