Eish! 16.9.2013 05:45 pm

Nigerian student ‘uses magnets prove gay marriage is wrong’

It’s not in the genes … it’s in the magnets. Physics has been used by a self-proclaimed post-graduate student at the University of Lagos to prove “the wrong act of gay marriage”.

His name is Chibuihem Amalaha and, according to Nigerian news site Thisdaylive.com, he used magnets and a plastic pen to prove his theory. 

“When you study what is called electrostatics, you found that when you rub particles together they don’t attract each other but when you rub particle in another medium they will attract each other.

For example, if you use your Biro and rub it on your hair, after rubbing, try to bring small pieces of paper they will attract because one is charged while the other one is not charged.

“But if both of them are charged they don’t attract, which means that man cannot attract another man because they are the same, and a woman should not attract a woman because they are the same.

“That is how I used physics to prove gay marriage wrong (sic),” he told the reporter.

Homosexuality is illegal in Nigeria and proposals to jail those who find themselves ‘incorrectly’ attracted to each, other are facing serious problems.

Chinedu Ikpechukwu wrote on openDemocracy.org that Britain and the United States have aligned foreign aid with gay rights and threatened to cut aid to Nigeria if the current bill is passed.

“Last month (August) my country inched closer to the outright criminalisation of homosexual relations. The latest unanimous vote by the House of Representatives is only the culmination of recent legislation pertaining to homosexual acts,” said Ikpechukwu.

In 2006, the national assembly under President Olesugun Obasanjo proposed a bill prohibiting same-sex marriage. It not only prohibited same-sex marriage but also banned the adoption of children by same-sex couples, religious recognition of same-sex marriage, institutional recognition of homosexuality including bans on gay clubs, and even public displays of affection in public and private.

“The bill being put forward for President Goodluck Jonathan to sign contains all the aforementioned restrictions. In the 2006 bill, a person found guilty (either by being directly involved, or aiding and abetting) of violating these prohibitions was liable to five years in prison. The current bill has extended the sentence duration to 14 years for entering a marriage contract, and 10 years for violating any of the other prohibitions.”

Luiz DeBarro, the editor of South African gay portal Mambaonline.com, responded furiously. “The article is absolutely bizarre and Amalaha displays a level of ignorance which is frightening.”

He said Amalaha planned to have his work published in international journals and is intent on winning the Nobel Prize in science. “We wish him the best of luck,” said De Barro.

“It’s debatable as to whether the article is more damming of the standard of education at the University of Lagos or of the standard of journalism.The uncritical and uninformed article is likely to add to the ignorance and prejudice surrounding homosexuality in Nigeria.”

Neither Thisdaylive nor the University of Lagos responded to requests for comments.

 

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