The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has declared Ogunleye Idris Olarenwaju, popularly known as Bobrisky and his likes who engage in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persona non grata.
The youths in their hundreds where seen carrying placards with inscription like, “NYCN SAY NO TO: Bobrisky, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender”, “Nigerian Youths Rejects Gay”, ” Our culture, our pride”, and “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender are unlawful” among others.
Addressing a world press conference on behalf of the apex youth body, Wednesday, at Youth House Abuja, the NYCN Vice President North Central, Comrade Akoshile Mukhtar described LGBT as ungodly, unhealthy and disgusting. Noting that what Bobrisky and his likes are promoting was completely against our moral, cultural, spiritual values and Nigeria laws.
Mukthar said “It is a well-known fact that Bobrisky and some have for a while now being promoting this despicable act in Nigeria via social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram among others. The implication is that if this is left unchecked many of our youths can unknowingly get to be part of this ugly situation.
“While we urge parents to continue to monitor and guide their wards, they should inculcate in them the good morals and values of our culture and religion. They should also be mindful of their children’s friend both online and offline, he added.
He continued “Consequently, NYCN today, 18th September 2019 declare Bobrisky as persona non grata, as he is a man (not a woman). For national interest, we call on the ever-conscious, ever ready, combatant Nigeria youths and comrades of like minds to without fear or favor kick out Bobrisky and his likes wherever they come across them. Nigeria is not a place for LGBT and we shall fight this to the end.
He called on the Inspector General of Police and the Director-General of Department of State Security Service (DSS) to use their good offices and their men to stop the like of Bobrisky from rubbishing the country’s pride image.
NYCN Vice President, North Central also commended the Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture, (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe who “whiles many Nigerians stood by and watch helplessly stepped forward to stop what he described as cultural abomination”.
Comrade Mukthar led the youths in a peaceful rally to submit petition at the National Assembly, Police Headquarters and National Council for Arts and Culture, (NCAC)
DG NCAC Otunba Olusegun Runsewe who received the youths commended them for toeing the part of honor.
He urged the youths not to engage in LGBT and all well-meaning Nigerians; especially parent to kick against Bobrisky or LGBT in any form. Adding that ” we must protect our cultural values at all cost”.
In the petition addressed to the leadership of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, NYCN charged them to formulate more stringent laws to punish and discourage people from engaging in LGBT.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan had on 13th January 2014 signed into law the same sex marriage prohibition Act, which the National Assembly passed sometimes in May, 2013. Under the law, anyone who enters into a same sex marriage or civil union can be sentenced to 14 years in prison.