By James, Michael Igiri
The Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA) Garba Abadi has expressed his dismay
over the rising spare spate of homosexuality, and also in the proliferation of youths wearing
dreadlocks in the nation.
Dr. Abadi said this during a programme titled, ‘Anti- Corruption: The Role of Media as Change
Agents’ in Abuja on Saturday.
The Director-General said social values have been eroded, adding that Nigerian youths
have embraced same sex marriage.
He said the move by some youths to stage a protest before the National Assembly for
the repeal of the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act- which prescribes a 14-year jail
term for anyone who enters into a gay marriage- was itself antithetical to the drive by
government to ensure that family values are enshrined into every fabric of the nation.
Organised by the Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria, the NOA boss also urged
youths to stop wearing dreadlocks and saggy trousers.
He said, “The wearing of tattoos, dreadlocks, sagging trousers and the painting of hair
have become a vogue among our young men and women.
“Our youths are now publicly clamouring for the legalisation of gay marriage and are
about to boldly take the campaign to the hallowed chambers of the National Assembly to
press for it as a fundamental human right.”
Abari urged the media to continue to lead the way in the process of nationhood, noting
that the media had become a tool for division and divisive rhetorics; a situation he
described as unfortunate.
The NOA boss added, “Just stop and ponder on the stories that adorn the front pages of
the nation’s newspapers today. Many of such newspapers are not only divisive but
abusive and deliberately mischievous, purposely distorted to promote disharmony. The
same can be said of the electronic media.”
He urged Nigerians to shun corruption even as he noted that corruption was not only
endemic among the elite but also prevalent the poor.
Also speaking, the pioneer Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, called on the media to be at the forefront of the anti-
He said it was unfortunate that corrupt persons were using the media to frustrate the