Senate President, David Mark, says the position of the National Assembly to outlaw gay marriage has not infringed on the rights of any citizen as suggested in some quarters.
Mark, who made the declaration on Thursday while addressing the Nigerian community in Prague, Czech Republic, also said the position was irreversible.
“The law against same-sex marriage is an approval of the wishes of the generality of Nigerians, who are desirous of living within our cultural bounds.
“The law is not to infringe on the human rights of Nigerians in any way. Also, wherever you go in our country today, our people are completely in support of the National Assembly because the practice of same-sex, as you all know, is alien to us.”
Mark urged Nigerians in the Diaspora, who were passionate about returning home, to do so and contribute their quota to the development of their fatherland.
He said they should use the opportunities offered by the transformation agenda of the Federal Government to join the struggle to make Nigeria great.
“You do not need to wait till the date Nigeria will be better before coming home to contribute your quota.
“Nigerians are hardworking people and they contribute in no small measure to the economy of their countries of residence.
“For those, who desire to join us at home to improve the state of our economy and infrastructural development, you are welcome,” Mark said.
He said his mission to Prague was to foster a relationship between the National Assembly and the Parliament of Czech Republic as well as to seek cooperation in education, culture, trade and medicine.
He said, “We want the Czech Republic and her people to buy fully into our economy by setting up factories, institutions and providing scholarship for training. We are also aware of their best practices in medicine and we are interested in that too.”
Mark also appealed for the release of Mr. Victor Urhia, who is in prison over a drug-related offence in the Czech Republic.
The Senate President urged the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Mr. Karel Scwarzenberg, to prevail on the government to transfer Urhia to complete his jail term in Nigeria. [Punch]