DG,NOA laments increase in homosexuality, wearing of dreadlocks

(Last Updated On: June 5, 2017)


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-

graft war.

He said it was unfortunate that corrupt persons were using the media to frustrate the

anti-graft war.