Death penalty: Oshiomhole Blasts European Union

oshiomoleGovernor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State says he will apply fully Nigerian Constitution which he subscribed and not laws of a European country or whims of some activists.

Governor who said international community cannot dictate Nigeria on which values it should adhere , said there is so much hypocrisy by international community on the issue of human rights.

Speaking in Abuja at a one-day Seminar on Role of Complaints Commission in a Democratic Government in Nigeria, Oshiomhole said Nigerian as a sovereign has a define its own national values.

According to the Governor “Nigeria is a sovereign and we have a to define what we regard as our own national values. No national interest is defined by others. As we speak, nations and humans are involved in the battle of ideas on the basis of different value system and
it will be abuse of my own value system if someone chooses to assume that his values are superior to my values”.

Oshiomhole said “I am of the international community and my views should carry as much weight as the views of any other person in the same international community and where we have not counted the votes, we cannot assume that the views from London are shared by Abuja”.

The Governor declared “as a Catholic, I am more fanatical about the sanctity of life. The foundation for human is the rule of law, not rule of resolution, not rule of communiqué; not rules of recommendations.

“When I was sworn in I subscribed to the oath that I shall subscribe to the oath that I shall obey the Constitution of Nigeria. There is no suggestion that I shall obey the U.N. or resolution of the European Union that has not been domesticated by the Nigerian Government. I do understand that there is no such thing as values”, he noted.

Oshiomhole argued that Nigerian values are not less elegant, less human and therefore not less acceptable.

“In trying to understand how best to protect the sanctity of human life, if you carry out an act and you confess to it, you shall go. You have no right to tell me that your values are superior to mine”, he said.

The Governor decried the activities of some Nigerians who parrot some of those values that are offensive to the and tradition of the African people.

Citing the same sex marriage as one of the offensive laws of the European Union Oshiomhole said “now they are canvassing the same sex marriage. If they think it is right to marry a man in the West and we think it is a crime to marry a man in , African value is superior to European values and we have to push for them to interrogate their own values”.

The Governor noted that more than half of the States in the United States still subscribe to the death penalty “and we have not heard the European Union say anything about them”. He advised the international community to recognize that Nigeria is of the European community and they cannot give us orders or insist that we act according to their orders”.

The Governor noted that democracy offers space for those who are not satisfied to complain and urge that necessary machinery be put in place to empower the complaints commission to function effectively.

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