YNaija Editorial: Let us be clear, we totally – unequivocally – stand against the anti-gay law

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We have to wonder when it became our culture imperative to marginalise, to victimise, to hate. To witch-hunt a particular section of the otherwise law-abiding population.

This one came upon us like a mist, the kind that brings no good, settling gradually over the general populace. Did he or did he not?

Confirmation, unfortunately, came from the president’s special adviser on media and publicity on Monday 13, January 2013.

Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, the Nigerian president, had signed the controversial Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill into law. Not surprisingly, it must be quickly be added. “This is a law that is in line with the people’s cultural and religious inclination,” the adviser, Reuben Abati, said. “It is a law that is a reflection of the beliefs and orientation of Nigerian people. Nigerians are pleased with it.’’

He is right. As Nigerians grapple with post-colonial identity disorders we have become uncomfortable with minorities, a people who have allowed ourselves be defined by bigotry. 98 per cent of Nigerians believe society should not tolerate homosexuality, according to a Pew Research Center survey from last year.

But then, he is also wrong. Dead wrong.

This is a bad law, and not just because it fails the tests of certainty, public interest and other important pillars of effective legislation. It is a bad law because it fails every test of human decency and dignity – violating the innate rights of Nigerian citizens simply because they are a minority.

In a nation where, some activists say, almost 10 per cent of the population is gay, Nigeria has outdone itself in the race to show its lack of respect for the human being, in passing through this law that brazenly discriminates against the right of association, expression and free movement.

It is unnecessary to state the obscenity in further discriminating against a people whose government has yet failed to provide security, basic infrastructure and other elements of baseline good governance. Even if Nigeria had intelligent lawmakers, a popular president and a crushing abundance of power, food security, and well-managed oil wealth, this law would still be unconscionable.

It is unconscionable in a country where Senator Chris Anywanu is still struggling to pass the Sexual Offences Bill. It should be inconceivable in a country where a majority of its states are yet to domesticate the Child Rights Acts. It is incredible in a country where 13-year-old girls are legally allowed to marry men thrice their age.

The arguments are obvious enough that they are tiring to recap: the logic of this bill, that of a homosexual epidemic galloping at us from the West is not just illogical, but silly. There are no legitimate mainstream scientific, social or economic justifications for any argument about the dangers of homosexuality on societies. History makes a solid case for both the legitimacy and appropriateness of same-sex relationships.

And, above all else, why is the suppression of homosexuals a matter of paramount national importance? Have gays and lesbians taken over the news wires with daily reports of deviant behaviour the way rapists and pedophiles have become an epidemic? Have the sexual choices of consenting adults derailed the achievement of our Millennium Development Goals, or the practice of pious and earnest religion?

It is unfortunate that not one legislator has made a lucid, logic-based case, on the facts, for this law. It is a shame that the presidential spokesperson could not speak with intellectual clarity of the justifications for this draconian law. No complex set of ideas have been expounded as normative context for this deeply dangerous legislation. All we have is drivel about cultural imperatives.

We have to wonder when it became our culture imperative to marginalise, to victimise, to hate. To witch-hunt a particular section of the otherwise law-abiding population. To call for a 14-year sentence for folks convicted of nothing other than legitimate sexual preference, to approve a 10-year spell for “a person who registers, operates or participates in gay clubs, societies and organisations, or directly or indirectly makes public show of same-sex amorous relationship in Nigeria’’. To make life unbearable not just for people who want to leave peaceful, peaceable lives as sexual minorities – but those of us who refuse to join in the hysteria of hate against them.

Already the consequences of legalising homophobia have begun. In Benin City, barely 24 hours after the bill was signed into law, alleged homosexual men were gathered and hunted down. And in Bauchi, dozens were arrested and shamed into naming accomplices in some form of plea-bargain. Another man was whip-lashed 20 times and police authorities have reportedly compiled a list of the city’s gay men with an intent view to punish. All of this by a police force famous for ignorance and prejudice so pervasive that three-quarters of Nigerian prisoners are being held without cause, according to the Nigerian Prisons Service.

Even more sinister is the 10-year jail sentence for show of public affection and association. This clause will broadly restrict access to health and counselling services for Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) citizens who, like any other person, have a fundamental human right to health and to life – in a country with the second highest global HIV/AIDS burden is totally unacceptable.

We will risk repeating ourselves – this is unacceptable.

No law, no country should discriminate against a people based on sex, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality or any prejudice. No law should trample on the dignity of citizens, to force conformity in a world that advances based on diversity.

We do not need the international community to tell us about the wrongness of this law – on social media, in newspaper columns, through prominent politicians and celebrities, it has been made clear; no, Dr. Abati, not all Nigerians are pleased with this law.

What we need to be having now, like any evolved society, is an open conversation about sexual diversity. Instead of hounding the LGBT community, we need to remember that they are human beings with a legitimate right to exist. In a country where it is almost a death sentence to be gay, we must approach with compassion and empathy the fact that difference is the essence of the world as God created it. And it cannot be right, it cannot be true, it cannot be love to hate those who are our brothers, sisters, lovers, parents, friends, colleagues simply because we do not approve of the manner in which they have consenting sex. Until we remove the barriers of hate, we will never be able to see them for what they are; the same as us.

And at a time of despair, such as this, as to the nature of country and humanity, and as a response to those who would religion as a crutch for hate, it becomes important to listen to His Holiness Pope Francis; overseer of the largest congregation of Christians worldwide. “Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord?” he asked at the World Youth Day celebrations in Brazil last year. “You cannot marginalise these people.”

Martin Luther King Jr assures us that the moral arc of justice might bend ever so slowly, but ultimately it will bend towards justice.

In the meantime, we will continue to do our bit to fight this unacceptable law. We will continue to actively and aggressively make our rejection known, clearly and insistently, until our country finds its way – back to the right side of history.

50 COMMENTS

  1. The more we keep on talking about this Gay of a thing in Nigeria,the more we are moving forward toward sighning in for it,it has been against,forget about any comment and let’s move for another issue facing Nigeria.But believe me any persoon that keep talking about this filthy and disgusting thing of a gay,is truely a gay guy,never listen to them cause they are making it well known to be legalise.

      • I’m sure you took away what he was trying to convey. Does he need to have your level of education to have an opinion? and…he is right! truth hurts but the majority of citizens in Nigeria if a survey were to be conducted are in favour of a law banning gay marriage. it’s a democracy, lets move on.

        • You are quite silly. If majority of Nigerians said Sharia Law it is what would you say? You cannot persecute a group because you don’t understand them. All these gay bashers are the same people that chase underage girls, sleep with other’s wives etc. I am disgusted that draconian views are being espoused by selfish individuals who only think about themselves. As long as Nigerians are willing to disown their offspring for being gay we will always have idiots who think you can turn a gay man or woman straight by jailing them. 14 freaking years!!!! These leaders should go and hang for hoodwinking the public.

          • Yes 14 years! Scary right lol, prayer is what you need so you can accept the wholesome sweetness of pussy instead of what I’m sure you find more appealing.

          • yes, praying to an invisible fairytale god rather than dealing with reality makes a lot of sense… instead of reading some silly old book white missionaries forced unto you in the last century how about using your own intellect and educate yourself a little bit for a change??

      • You made a sound case against discrimination; let the man spell the way he chooses. You gay right people are always so eloquent and convincing, little wonder how the devil got Eve to eat that apple. Does public nudity affect the economy? Why is it illegal? Does smoking weed in any way affect the economy or wellbeing of this country? Why is it illegal? Is polygamy not a right amongst consenting adults? Why is it illegal in most of the west from whence this liberalization of faggotry sprouts? In my opinion as a jurist and naturalist a good law must have a solid moral base and natural base; as as shepherd how do you cope when all your male cattle or sheep starts cavorting with each other and refuse to touch the females would that look natural to you? Lest we forget the HIV virus was first noticed in the early 80’s amongst gay men, so tread careful when next you want to stick your dick in your partners yanch.

  2. Am surprised that a human being created by God will wake up one day and kick against this law! The international community and who ever that is against this law is devilish! Let me ask the writer one question. Are U aware that drug related cases attracts death penalty in some country? Have U kicked against this law that kills people because they chose to smoke cocain which does not affect the country in anyway? Again if ur parents were gay, would they have given birth to You? And as Christians, We are told that God created Adam and Eve and not Adam and Joseph! We should all rise and support this law that tends to destroy the future of our Children! I know that if I pray that all the Children of the writer should be Gays and Lesbian, he will shout God forbid! The only way to stop this act is to make a law like this! If U want to continue being a guy, go to other countries that allows it!

  3. Uzochukwu wrote: Am surprised that a human being created by God will wake up one day and kick against this law! The international community and who ever that is against this law is devilish! Let me ask the writer one question. Are U aware that drug related cases attracts death penalty in some country? Have U kicked against this law that kills people because they chose to smoke cocain which does not affect the country in anyway? Again if ur parents were gay, would they have given birth to You? And as Christians, We are told that God created Adam and Eve and not Adam and Joseph! We should all rise and support this law that tends to destroy the future of our Children! I know that if I pray that all the Children of the writer should be Gays and Lesbian, he will shout God forbid! The only way to stop this act is to make a law like this! If U want to continue being a guy, go to other countries that allows it!

    My response: I am so sick of this idiotic question: “if your parents were gay, would they have given birth to you?” How obtuse! How ignorant can people get? If my parents were gay, yes, they probably would still have given birth to me, possibly through a surrogate mother in the case of men and with a sperm donor if they were lesbians! Wake up! Read! Educate yourself! And if they chose not to have kids, I wouldn’t exist. And you know what? I wouldn’t care because I wouldn’t know that I didn’t exist.

    And this Adam and Joseph thing. FFS! Get off the cliche train and say something original. How exactly does this law stop your children from being destroyed? Are poor education and poor healthcare services not likely to do that more effectively?

    When the time comes and a member of Uzonchukwu’s family is wrongly accused or arrested based on this new law because he is gay, he will begin to understand the injustice of it. Don’t worry, it’s all coming to a cinema near you, you’ll see.

    • So are you satanic folks gay in order to address the other social problems that Nigeria has? Is the gay thing ok just because our leaders are found wanting in other areas of governance? Is your gay rights an automatic assurance of world class infrastructure? Better education? Security et al?

  4. i'm neither female nor black nor gay. But I believe in – and do my bit to contribute to realising – equal rights for all races – no domination by whites, or other races – equal rights for women and men – and equal rights whatever ones sexual orientation – no extra rights for straight people, or for gay people. Why is the struggle for justice and equity in terms of sexual orientation be seen differently fro the struggle against racial discrimination, or gender discrimination. There has to be an indivisibility of rights, or no one's rights are safe.

  5. I think the dumbest question on the gay issue is, if your parents were gay would they have given birth to you? Well, if my parents were sterile, or if my parents had entered the convent, they would not have given birth to me either. Some people are just irredeemably stupid.

  6. I am dismayed by the emotional conjecture of this editorial . The best time to campaign against a law in democracy is when the bill is in the making and not after the president has signed. All these emotional homily is not helpful to our development and democracy

  7. I can see you are not an educated man one bit. Your mother gave birth to you and fed you cow milk instead of her's that is why you are stupid and gullible to make senseless comments. I think you have suddenly become GOD to judge others, who are like you, but only just differrent. Who are you to be the first to throw stones when Jesus didn't? It is your type of people, who would rather watch your country have no roads, light, food and healthcare e.t.c and carry your barbaric thoughts, while suffering and smiling. Uzochukwu Ezenwanne, I think you would like gays who go underground with HIV to come and marry your sisters and infect them, abi? You better start buying more lands in your village for grave yard. I have looked at your face and can tell you are as corrupt as those who seat down and have your country's money in different banks all over the world. Oya, go carry your gun and start hunting gay people, cause you have nothing else to do to improve your well being. Then when judgement comes, we would see who would get to heaven first.

  8. We do not need reams of excuses or Justification for this despicable bill. Just look at past history. Discriminate against Jews = HOLOCAUST (4 Million Jews gassed and Murdered)
    Apartheid in South Africa = We all know the strife that that caused. GROW UP and learn from the past. Pass Hate Laws and one Day some-one will pass a law Hating You!!!! Maybe for Just being BLACK. We are all sinners. No one has the right to play GOD or Judge Gays !!!! .

  9. Eish MR Uzochukwu.. Are you aware that some people hate Blacks. Should they bring Apartheid back … Duhhhh.. And Leave God out of this. If you want to include him then rather look into YOUR own Heart and YOUR life…. ?????

  10. i read this article with an open mind. perhaps i may find reason why we should endorse gay rights. i didnt find any other than the cliche 'rights' freedom. on a matter that is repugnant to our cultural heritage, social proclivity and popular way of life, 'right argument' wont cut it. A man has right to smoke cocaine, weed, canabis as long has he does not affect the next man. A man has right to bla bla bla

  11. Paradoxically, Nigeria is a nation whose laws have deep roots in religion and culuture. A combination of our religion and culture creates an atmosphere repulsive to homosexuality. If 98% of the nations population stands for the anti-gay law, I see no reason why anybody should be surprised or pained. After all we practise democracy where majority carries the vote. If you are uncomfortable with the law, seek asylum.
    Until we realize homosexuality is a sexual disorder and that those who practise it need help/deliverance , we will continue to insult women(who are deprived of their human rights), blacks (during the aparthide) and jews (during the holocaust) by comparing homosexual rights to theirs.
    If homosexuals have a right to be accepted in our society, I think paedophiles should also be afforded that right, after all they were born that way and don't deserve to be punished for being their natural self. #just saying

  12. It not needed for you to have stomach for them. What makes you think everyone around you can stomach all that you do around them? Just because they don't talk doesn't mean they agree with you, they are just trying to tolerate you and that you should do to other

  13. @Mandy LaCandy When the whites saw the need to relegate themselves to animalistic behaviour, they were acting within the confines of their fundamental human rights. For us as human beings in Nigeria we said no to being animals, that should also be respected as our fundamental human right; they ought to respect our decision as our rights- but i am not surprised since they decided to act like animals, they have lost all sense of decorum and human sensibilities. What a rape on democracy!

  14. Abimbola, Tisha Alakowe, I THANK YOU for writing that editorial in The Punch. I found a foreign-directed publication that said what I was very certain of, Uncle Jo is only doing this nonsense because of politics. Actually I like Uncle Jo. And he is not anti-gay. But he thinks he needs to pretend to be. It's so easy to do, and it's so hard to not do. To be fair, other beloved politicians have led from the rear on this matter, waiting for society to change and to move their hand. On the gay matter, this president scores an F for courage and a B for political tactic. Meanwhile, maybe somebody will get hurt because of this.

  15. May we find our way soon. Uncle Jona mennn, how could you do that? You know and I know that you don’t even believe the shit you signed. Lol.

  16. Olumide Makanjuola Completely agree- why people walk around acting like their S%ht don't stink still puzzles me… #ignorance is bliss..

  17. I feel that signing it into law is basically just to ensure gay folks don't start pushing for marriage as is always d case when their population grows and they are allowed a voice. "The greater good for d greater populace" isn't that we all have been crying for with handlings of public policies and stuff. Well then it means that since d majority of folks in d country abhor homosexuality, then its a law for d greater good. Just a reminder to d writer tho, no matter d decision of any Government regarding any law, there's always gonna b someone's Ox gored or someone's foot stepped on. But d 'koko' if I may borrow D'banj's slang is d greater good for d greater no of people. And 98 % is by far a Majority so trust me, its a good law. By d way I'm not homophobic, I'd never harras or embarras a person simply bcos of his sexual orientation, (unless offcourse he makes a pass at me) But then the truth remains that we as a country are religious pple, albeit a lot of pretense embedded in our piousness, Nevertheless; Religious! We don't wan to see guys kissing in public, we don't want them to ask for rights to adopt a child and We don't want our Sons to bring Boys home for Marriage. Call us backward if u like, Just don't call us Sodom.

  18. Mandy LaCandy – You couldn't have said it Better! First to judge but has more bones in his closets than a cemetery…Let the man above be the judge for goodness sake….A word of the wise to those who find a stranger's lifestyle more intriguing than the botched existence they call a life–GET OVER YOUR SELF… Never once did you birth an of age man, so quit attempting to play someone's parent… #education is free tho…#self-hate, some people may be at the danger level…

  19. Mr anti-Anti-Gay Laws and co. judging by your posts,it's quite obvious that u are learned but regretably only in semantics; it is also equally clear that you lack the moral views of a Nigerian Christain,Muslim or Traditionalist .You also lack the essentiall balls to stand by what you believe . With all due respect I expect you and your gay right partners to be on the streets protesting against this your so called "draconian legislation" against the LGBT(s).Perhaps,maybe your education does not teach you beyond correcting peoples grammer and describing their views as being "quite silly and dumb" . I respect your stance but your courage must take you outside this blog,that is if at all you have a say.Respect!!!

  20. Was this in the punch? I noticed Pro-gay content has been pretty non-existent in our dailies(duh, what was i expecting?). Saharareporters.com was the only naija joint where i saw a nuanced analysis of the antigay law. Happy to see some support for our gay brothers and sisters here.

  21. I'm a Christian, who is now beginning to believe that God made some ppl in order to (somewhat) make Him look like He's not a liar when they end up in hell.
    Seriously, why would God create some1 and make the person His 'enemy' from childhood?
    Is there any1 that DECIDES who to be attracted to? Homosexuals are PEOPLE (or human beings) who are ATTRACTED (a non-voluntary act) to people of the same sex. Another way of saying this is if u tell a homosexual that he/she will have sex with sm1 of theopposite sex, he/she is likely to say "God forbid".

  22. hear people talking prejudice here…is it now you guys woke up to this law?after being debated and voted in the national Assembly.. you kept mute. Now suddenly you use prejudice as an excuse to rant!!what ignominy!!pls I advice the writer to please grow beyond sentiments and be a little practical. because influential countries support the bill doesn't make it right…we are so eager go copy just to 'civilize'..but what a shame most of us don't have a mind of our own…shame for not standing up for your norms and ethics…the worst of all is you playing ignorant that the fact that you are attracted to Same sex is scientifically an abnormality, Mr.learned. If this is where you seek publicity then you failed!!!

  23. hear people talking prejudice here…is it now you guys woke up to this law?after being debated and voted in the national Assembly.. you kept mute. Now suddenly you use prejudice as an excuse to rant!!what ignominy!!pls I advice the writer to please grow beyond sentiments and be a little practical. because influential countries support the bill doesn't make it right…we are so eager go copy just to 'civilize'..but what a shame most of us don't have a mind of our own…shame for not standing up for your norms and ethics…the worst of all is you playing ignorant that the fact that you are attracted to Same sex is scientifically an abnormality, Mr.learned. If this is where you seek publicity then you failed!!!

  24. Marvin, dnt blame those boys o, them get their own reasons o, abi who tell U say grls no dey enjoy guys, dats y guys want enjoy themselves too….And also they stress of grls too much…Try am tday and see say d Lord is gud…cheers

  25. I agree with this article completely, but I think it is missing some key points as to why the law is wrong.

    First of all let me say I am a Nigerian!

    Most of the commentary that I have seen from Nigerians online (supporting the bill) does not seem to understand the separation between morality and religious conviction and THE LAW. The real issue at hand is NOT whether homosexuality is a sin,
    abomination, taboo, unAfrican or whatever else people have been calling it. If
    you think it is, that is your business. In fact it is even your right! (Rights
    are important – HINT).

    The question is whether the state – GEJ, senators, police,judiciary etc – has the right to
    intervene in the private, consensual behaviour of adults? The answer in a secular state like Nigeria is NO! And ALL NIGERIANS should support constitutionally limiting the powers of the state, even if they don’t support homosexuality.

    To put it in simpler terms for anyone who refuses to get it: according to Christianity and Islam (the main religions in Nigeria that people are invoking) adultery is a sin and so is fornication. These things are probably also considered wrong according to so-called traditional African morality. BUT who here thinks the police (corrupt useless Naija police o) should be able to arrest people who commit adultery and fornication? Who here thinks you should go to jail or court for these reasons? OR who here
    thinks these are private issues to be dealt with between people personally – and
    their conscience, their God, their families, their spouses, their church???
    Yep, thought so.

    Also, the law is wrong because it limits the free assembly and speech of Nigerians. In fact it is unconstitutonal on these grounds. Nigerians have the right to express their opinions and to gather with others who share their views, as long as they are not inciting violence or hatred. And guess what, the law is also very wrong because IT
    IS INCITING VIOLENCE AND HATRED. How can any responsible government do
    this? Imagine if the law was against Igbo people or Yoruba people, how would
    you feel then? OR imagine if it was against people who are anti-gay? How would
    you feel then? Oh yes I just remembered THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE!!!!

    Please fellow Nigerians let us understand the real issues and stop the
    state and our USELESS AND MORALLY BANKRUPT POLITICIANS from abusing their power and infringing on our very basic and fundamental rights. If you don’t support homosexuality that is your business, but as a Nigerian citizen you must support the protection of our individual and collective rights.

    • To start with NO ONE is a ‘NIGERIA’, unless you are a unrepentant fraudster/terrorist!
      Now your logic of ‘consensual behavior of adult’ doesn’t make any logical sense, if you can only point to few out of the million inversion of so-called governments especially in ‘developed world’ (Those that claim to know it all). Why is it that they ban people (Not only in their countries but everywhere) from freely using the ‘grass/drugs’ of their choice, or allow adults to live polygamous etc.., yet want to claim ‘human rights’ to what 99% of Africans considers abomination?
      The mentality of swallowing everything the ‘whiteman’ tell you is ‘right’ is not only the reason why folk like you will still shamelessly refer to themselves as ‘Nigerians’ a derogatory name given to the entity with nothing in common but forced at gun point to be ‘one fake country’!
      Wake up and smell coffee, this hypocritical support for insanity of ‘same-sex’, but not to condemn the already passed free child abuse act, or daily killings of Biafrans, is aimed at population control from backdoor!

  26. I stand with this article. The author thinks clearly and carefully about these matters. The commentators less so. I cannot believe that people who claim to worship a loving God also descend to such barbarity and violence. Surely, the LGBT community poses no threat to other Nigerians? What on earth does loving a person of the same sex do to your infrastructure, crime levels, rates of violence or rates of health and disease? People claim that Nigeria has no need for the 'minimalistic' notion of the human good as outlined by human rights – and so they simply stop acting in favour of ANY human good. It is despicable. They are not showing the rest of the world how to attain the human good, but only how to hate yet another group. And the saddest thing of all is that many will use this scapegoating and hatred of a harmless minority in order to placate their consciousnesses. You think that by 'fighting the gays' you will become more Christian, more African or more manly – and you are wrong. All you will do is take you mind off the issue – while it remains an issue. It is a shame to Nigeria and Africa that this law has been passed. Future generation will look back at this moment in horror and disgust.

  27. I stand with this article. The author thinks clearly and carefully about these matters. The commentators less so. I cannot believe that people who claim to worship a loving God also descend to such barbarity and violence. Surely, the LGBT community poses no threat to other Nigerians? What on earth does loving a person of the same sex do to your infrastructure, crime levels, rates of violence or rates of health and disease? People claim that Nigeria has no need for the 'minimalistic' notion of the human good as outlined by human rights – and so they simply stop acting in favour of ANY human good. It is despicable. They are not showing the rest of the world how to attain the human good, but only how to hate yet another group. And the saddest thing of all is that many will use this scapegoating and hatred of a harmless minority in order to placate their consciousnesses. You think that by 'fighting the gays' you will become more Christian, more African or more manly – and you are wrong. All you will do is take you mind off the issue – while it remains an issue. It is a shame to Nigeria and Africa that this law has been passed. Future generation will look back at this moment in horror and disgust.

  28. Ignorance is bliss for the ignorant. Blame shifts personal responsibility, scapegoats are such a prize. Belief requires no rational, logical thought.

  29. Have u read the anti gay law? because i can see you think gay people can not be arrested in the comfort of their homes. If you have read the law, let me remind you that the law brands u 10 years for aiding homosexuality. meaning, if u are a landlord, and u know your tenant is gay, u get 10 years in jail. if your brother is gay or your sister, you are obliged to report your family or risk 10 years in jail. Do you know understand how this works? However noble your "don't ask don't tell" attitude is, even you, a heterosexual is at risk!.

  30. Homosexuality is not a sexual disorder! Have you done any research at all? Homosexuality is a human nature. Please read up on Wikipedia. There are evidences in history, yoruba, igbo and hausa cultures. In igbo, there are evidences of women marrying women. In hausa, there are men who dress as female and have male husbands. Pls do your research before opening your mouth.

  31. You can be surprised at why someone can lick ass, but let me point out quickly that licking ass is also a sexual practice with heterosexual. Am not even sure you know what you are saying, because, before oral sex became the norm it is this days, People were discriminated against for exchanging oral sex. or is oral sex part of Your "african culture"? the one you seem to want to defend. And also, there is nothing UNafrican about homosexuality. we still have men that dress up as female and have male husbands in the north. History tells of women marrying women in igbo. This is before colonization. And before you jump to say all hail the bill, you seem to forget the 10 years for aiding homosexuality. I know your coconut head can not comprehend what this means. i will break it down for you. if ur sister or brother or neighbor, colleague is gay and u do not report it, you will get 10 years. Besides all these, how has homosexuality infringed on ur right? let me even say that homosexuals in nigeria never asked for marriage right or anything of the sort. I think you should open ur eyes to what is really happening.

  32. Whoever wrote this article, it is OBVIOUS THAT YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN. To start with, it is high time our media houses get sanctioned for putting up such anonymous and divisive documents. Not that we are pleased with our Government because of their persistent failures towards addressing the ills of society and self-aggrandizement but be that as it may, we cannot afford to impose a culture that radiates a distaste in our mouth and is alien to us simply because, the so-called western world embraces such. We Must not incur the wrath of God far more than we already have!

  33. Doug McIntosh: Please, if you are a racist, you can as well come out of the closet, we've seen all of it! But don't insult blacks further with outrageous push to normalize abnormality! We know that the evil Western campaign to destroy Africans has been on, from their infecting our people with all manner of diseases, from Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Meningitis, Chicken pox, small pox, measles, HIV/AIDS etc. name it, they are not achieving the destruction through 'population control', and being people with little or no moral, but worshipers of Satan and his money. They have nothing else to do than to experiment with every bizarre form of sex, with anything living or dead til they ran out of option, and because they lack the moral & family values, divorce and broken homes forced their waywardness into experimenting with same-sex!
    The Western illusion that they'll continue to control and destroy Africans/blacks with their insane way of life, this issue of man to man, woman to woman, even with animals will floor their Sodomic lives of emptiness!
    Never you compare your 'white racism' evil with abnormality that has no race but was propagated by morally decayed people of the West!

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