Homosexuals must die – Muslim cleric
By Paul Omo Obadan
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Furious over what seems a bourgeoning community of homosexuals in Nigeria, a Muslim cleric, Professor Is-haq Akintola, has suggested capital punishment for the practice, with recourse to the Holy Qu’ran, which he says prescribes death penalty.
“Homosexuality is a great sin in Islam. It is as grievous as adultery, and the punishment is the same. Homosexuals are to be condemned to death,” he told Sunday Sun in an interview in Lagos.
But fresh from the Moslem holy ritual of Ramadan, Akintola, a Senior lecturer in Islamic Studies at the Lagos State University (LASU), however advocated flexibility – as a humanist – to give both the gays and lesbians another opportunity to change and lead normal sex lives.