Nigeria’s Gay Community Lashes Out

Leave Us ALONE! Nigerian Homosexuals React!

Now that might be a tough call. The last time I checked, Nigeria’s penal and criminal codes still make it an offence for people of the same sex to be intimately involved. The Constitution does, however, guarantee us our fundamental human rights which include freedom of association. Dilemma!

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A homosexual group known as The Right Defense has expressed its displeasure over the unfair treatment meted out to gay people in Nigeria saying it is a violation of their fundamental human rights.

In a statement released by the group on Tuesday in Ibadan, Oyo state after a meeting of its members, the group said they have been harassed and humiliated in many parts of the country.

“Everyone should have the liberty to life and choice of living as endorsed by the United Nations on universal declaration for freedom of expression and choice for all nationalities,” the group reportedly said.

The statement went further to state a few instances when homosexuals have been victimised in the country saying, “Amongst many others was the case of  Mr I.O. Ibrahim, whose home and family were attacked and raided by unidentified security agents, thugs and still declared wanted by the agents some months ago. He is currently living abroad and struggling for human rights and egalitarian society globally.”

The group also condemned “the dastardly act perpetrated by a group of youths who molested and intimidated four Nigerians in Ekwe village of Njaba LGA, Imo State.”

They were attacked, stripped and paraded through the town over accusations of indecent practices- homosexuality.

The statement was signed by Salawu K., Anisere A., Kehinde A., Orilonise I. A., George U., Olatoyan T., Ogunshowo L., Penu Z. K., Ogunleye A., Adenola B. S., Tobiloba F., Kazeem A. O. and Babatunde Ayinde R., who are members of the group but do not disclose their full identities.

The group said instead of wasting time and energy on homosexuals, the Nigerian government should rather provide the dividends of democracy and accountability to its citizens.

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