The National Assembly has been commended by the Dutse residents in Jigawa for the passage of the bill which outlawed same-sex marriage and for imposing 14-years jail term on the offenders.
The residents, who spoke in Dutse on Friday, described the legislation as laudable. Mr Abdullahi Nasiru, a social analyst, said the lawmakers had demonstrated high sense of patriotism in the passage of the bill in spite of international pressure.
Nasiru said that the gesture was a clear indication of the lawmakers’ resolve to provide proactive legislation to meet the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians.
"It clearly indicated their resolve to work and protect the interest of the people," Mr Abdullahi Nasiru said.
Malam Usman Sadiq, an Islamic cleric, said that the legislation would instil discipline and check moral decadence in the society.
Sadiq explained that the action would save Nigerian society from social vices and protect its norms and values.
"Same-sex marriage is an abomination and alien to our celestial society. We do not need this kind of thing here which is repugnant to God and humanity," he said.
Sadiq urged the government and the lawmakers not to be swayed in their resolve due to the pressure by the international community.
"If the major economies and donor agencies threaten to withhold their grants, we should not be deterred, we must be resolute and focus. We have a duty to protect our good cultural values and ensure proper moral upbringing of the people," he said.