Opinion: #NigerianGayLaw – Understanding the nature of the sexually confined

by Oyin Oludipe

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But what if a culture that flourishes polygamy, tacitly permits its conceit, can argue that world efforts to resuscitate public health by restoring the dehumanized their robbed poise will ruin its sovereign identity in the global sphere; or what if a diverse colony of humans claim that their existence lies on the endangered precipice because of a less-than-equivalently-sized portion of it; it would appear that the pseudo Dervishes in this country are not alone. 

The Nigerian humanity has had to weather a successive wave of horror: ships from Europe, oil politics, plane crashes, pedophiles, Boko Haram and now, an aftershock of gay-law debates. The single imagery does not just evolve as coexistent ripples from the textbook pages of history. It simply materializes its scenes from a long-shaded homegrown barbarism, a sort of: advertise that legacy of madness to the roving public but do veil the cost. Here we are faced with a weird inversion of human taste and reasoning or perhaps, Darwin is vindicated for his evolution goof. There is the advancement of a new breed of sapiens parading the earth with hormones diffused by the very much vaunted fantasia of gender roles and heartbreaks!

Perhaps it is wise to exercise silence at a point in time. But this is different. As it concerns the liberalist custodians of the homosexual pride and on the other end, the macho-minds of religion and ideology; Nigeria is primed for yet another climate of diversion. One hardly finds anything that looks like an appealing choice, any prepossessing premise more intelligently imposed. Yet I am impelled by the fear that social equality is on the brink of extinction. The collective orientation – backed by a rigid sensibility – of accusers is this: ‘Blackman knows no sodomy, and should never’. Yet, so few have come to accept that it is the condition of human diversity to be lumbered with mysteries; ones particularly besmirched by cunning political interpretations, and all the more threatening, unwarily twisted by the arrogant paraphernalia of fundamentalism.

While it is too late to quench this torch with sermons alone, this expression of intolerance even from a government consecrated upon the very touchstone of the concept, ‘freedom’; undeniable is the fact that, like the religious ‘knife-wielding’ fanatic, the gay man is not new and has never been, even in a wider continental enclave where such phenomenon has stormed scattered tribes and cultures. Historical reality is not apostate to that precision. It is hinged on the quite unquestionable need to first recognize the differences in genetical formations, backdrops and even strategies of self-attainment, the reality of which no one will reasonably argue against, even divine intuitions and prophecies.

However, the pseudo social being is yet to reconcile himself with that climate of human dignity, yet to surmount his hubristic suppositions with a respect for others’ freedom, something he avows to be a certificate of his worth and validity as member of that baffling crossroad called humanity. Still too preoccupied with his political will (if it is to render neo-colonial imperialism impotent) or afflicted with the whims of culture or inebriated by the endorsing compulsions of ‘religion’, the pseudo-human has lost all perspective, that as it pertains to the volition of his fellow human. Of course, these same drowning claimers of standards are not themselves alien to the singular truth that whatever circumstances of birth, upbringings and opportunities make of each citizen is only relative but cannot be set as standard to determine his value, his entitlements from and obligation to the rest of society in the quest for appreciation and for social relationships.

But what if a culture that flourishes polygamy, tacitly permits its conceit, can argue that world efforts to resuscitate public health by restoring the dehumanized their robbed poise will ruin its sovereign identity in the global sphere; or what if a diverse colony of humans claim that their existence lies on the endangered precipice because of a less-than-equivalently-sized portion of it; it would appear that the pseudo Dervishes in this country are not alone. These rationally-reclined touts are no different than the bigots swelling tides of blood in the North.

In addition to Human Rights, there are also those other menaces that are concealed in this belittlement fiasco. How can a nation subject a group of its members to grisly confinement, when it seems it has not and will not possess the tool to fully understand or reconcile the nature of the confined? Has the world here find the correct therapy for the gay man to be in dark defiled prisons? In spite of the ridiculous on-goings, gay men, like pompous religious extremists, will continue to obtain a decentralized existence. And if the resolve of a nation is to exhume its most mundane genes of intolerance and murder a sizable portion of itself in its timeless plot, I say Kofi’s expectations of ‘a twenty-first century defined by its commitment to the dignity and sanctity of every human life’ will find its grave somewhere on the Nigerian earth.

A legislation that ignores the intrinsic quality of the multitude cannot be considered a just legislation.

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