The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Sports, Godfrey Gaiya, has reacted to the ongoing lesbianism debate in female football in Nigeria saying the world football governing cannot impose its views on the country.
Gaiya said Nigerian female football administrators acted right by banning lesbianism in female football.
“Nigeria is right by banning lesbianism, the laws of the land do not recognize lesbianism,” he said. “It’s not in our constitution. Nigeria’s legal system doesn’t permit homosexuals, be it male or female footballer.”
The lawmaker said he is in support of the position taken by the chairman of the Nigerian women football league, Dilichukwu Onyedinma, on the ban of lesbians from playing for the Nigerian national teams.
“I support her completely because I don’t think that FIFA rules surpass Nigerian rule and national law. If the chairperson said it’s illegal in our teams, meaning she hasn’t done anything wrong and I support her statement,” he said.
He said Nigerian officials cannot support any form of homosexuality because it is illegal in the country.
“If Nigeria is in support of lesbians in the female teams, I think it’s double standards.
“It’s against the rule of the land and not good for the image of this country, we will not subdue and surrender ourselves to any moral quote,” he said.
The lawmaker said FIFA had no basis to punish Nigeria for her position as no lesbian as been banned yet.
He claimed that if Nigeria takes a position to ban homosexuals from its teams, it would not have violated any FIFA rules.
“We are waiting for FIFA to tell us that we have gone against their rules by stating the particular article and section of the FIFA rules and regulations where it (homosexualism) is stated. I have gone through FIFA statutes and I didn’t see it there,” he said.
“I stay by the laws of the land and what it says,” he added.