AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Nigeria’s Gay Problems
'kola | January 15th, 2014

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Oh my … what a week it has been; and it’s still only Wednesday. Egypt and Thailand are threatening to burn over democracy, Australian Opens is threatening to burn over heat strokes, John Kerry has been insulted more than once by other foreign leaders, African asylum seekers in Israel keeps protesting their treatment by the Israeli government (something which they never did against the African leaders that turned them into asylum seekers in the first place), Governor Christie, Beiber and Kanye are all linked to bad behaviour … what a midweek! But let’s raise our hats to the biggest global news of the week thus far, after all this is Africa is a Country, not Earth’r’us: Nigeria, that giant town in Africa, declaring its disdain for any form or likeness of homosexuality.

All peace-loving and weary Africans were barely coming out of mourning for Madiba (yes, we do need a month for mourning) when we were jolted back to surreality with the news that Nigeria had enacted one of the farthest hate mongering laws against any Nigerian who is not inclined towards opposite sex monogamy, polygamy (as long as it is between one man and several women only), and pedophilia (national senators in Nigeria actually think this is a sport).

Under the new Nigerian law, it is illegal to engage in an intimate relationship with a member of the same sex and to attend, or organize, or operate a meeting of gays and gay organizations, including private clubs. How in heaven’s name will some of the same politicians who passed this bill survive it? That was a joke by the way!

The purported law was enacted on 7 January 2014 but somehow all the journalists and governance watchdogs in the country missed this news until a week later. Apart from showing what a sorry state of affairs governance is in the country, this action by President Jonathan Goodluck, or Badluck for the innocents he keeps punishing, is in line with his new year surprise gimmicks — anyone remember the fuel subsidy removal debacle a couple of years ago? Do not hold your breath for national protests against this law.

Of course this new law, apart from showing that too many Nigerians spend way too much time on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter engaging in battles of words and egos, is encouraging the use of “big grammar” by Abuja big men. Here is a quote from Mr. “PhD” Reuben Abati, spokesperson for the president and former activist/journalist in another lifetime:

This is a law that is in line with the people’s cultural and religious inclination. So it is a law that is a reflection of the beliefs and orientation of Nigerian people … Nigerians are pleased with it.

Who am I to question the authority of a whole PhD that is the mouthpiece of the country? What is not being announced though is that there are several other legislative bills in line with the people’s cultural and religious inclination that are awaiting the president’s signature. Sources in the presidency indicate that following the success of this “Gut the Gays” law, we should be expecting some of these laws to come through in coming weeks.

Following is a sneak preview of some of the bills awaiting GEJ’s signature:

1. A law criminalizing the current Central Bank Governor, Lamido Sanusi, and anybody found sympathizing with him in words or thoughts. The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) has decided that Mr. Sanusi’s latest actions including blowing the whistle on the unexplained disappearance of over $10 billion from the federal coffer goes against the people’s cultural inclination towards corruption and non-transparency.

2. A law banning any female who is neither related in any form nor having some sexual affair with government officials from running for any political office, being appointed to a federal position or awarded any government contract as this goes against the people’s cultural inclination towards nepotism and non-recognition of women for their skills and talents.

3. A law criminalizing any form of open or public letters to the president by ex-presidents and their sycophants. Once this law is passed, only sycophants of the president can issue open letters to the president. Ex-presidents and prominent statespeople speaking openly against the president goes against the people’s cultural and religious non-accountability inclination.

4. A law criminalizing any form of actual performance by state governors especially when they give the impression of performing better than the federal government. Such action is unbecoming of elected officials and goes against the people’s cultural and religious inclination toward non-deliverance of public goods and governance.

5. And finally, a law legalizing (yes, a positive law at last) the forced or purchased wedding of the rich and powerful to underage girls in and outside the country. Such unions, unlike the morally repulsive homosexual ones, will be recognized in the country even if not sanctioned in country of origin. This behavior apparently will be a reflection of the beliefs and orientation of Nigerian people and the Nigerian people will be happy with it.

Mali (and France) a year later
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'kola

An African who happens to be a photographer and writer also.


7 thoughts on “Nigeria’s Gay Problems

  1. Arguments like “African asylum seekers in Israel keeps protesting their treatment by the Israeli government (something which they never did against the African leaders that turned them into asylum seekers in the first place)” are untrue and minimize serious racist abuse inflicted against Africans in Israel. Israel was the major provider of weapons to white South Africa during apartheid, and doesn’t need any white washing by progressive South Africans.

    • Firstly, the article is about Nigeria and its hate law. Seen as you saw fit not to comment on that I must assume that you agree with, and support, homophobia. Shame on you!
      Secondly, refugees protest more vigorously in their host countries than in their own countries is a fact, as in their home countries protests are put down by police brutality and murder.
      Thirdly, apartheid South Africa had it’s own arms industry which in fact exported to other countries. You make it sound as if Israel supplied more weapons than SA produced itself, this is a blatant lie. Shame on you, again!
      I challenge you to provide a list of which weapons Israel supplied to the apartheid regime.
      I challenge you to speak out against homophobia and all hate laws.
      I challenge you to speak out against African dictatorships.
      I challenge you to speak out against religious fundamentalism of Christians and Muslims.
      It’s a big world out their Kate and its made up of many aspects not just colour, perhaps its time to catch a wake-up!

  2. The high spiritual and morality of our ancestors must not be put to shame and disgrace by accepting this evil of homosexuality as a norm. The Whitman has brought his evil to bear and will soon attach foreign capital assistance to the acceptance of this evil.No matter what,we as Africans must resist this abomination and let those who want to practice their evil go to America and Europe where it is widely accepted.
    This is one influence of the Whitman,no African state should embrace thus the passing of rigid laws in my ancestral homeland is a joyous occasion.I look forward to more and more African States standing up to the white minority of this world.
    Down with homosexuality forever.

  3. Akeem (Sorry .. Aqim) (I loathe the Anglosisation of Indigenous/traditional or cultural names – in the “New” Global AmericaniZation)

    We as human beings – regardless of social, political or religious persuasion or status should be more preoccupied with our own growth and development as caring – sympathetic members of the world – than damning those who look, speak – come from differing cultures and traditions to ourselves. Your homophobia is between you and your maker – not applying archaic Tabliqi semantics through barbaric factions such as Jan’ju’iid and Boko Haram, Mullah’s and Mufti’s – uneducated umiah of Islam who recite the Q’uran with such beauty – though understanding nothing of its content. It is these same examples of Islam who believe and conduct “Honour Killings” of innocent women and children.

    A’stagh’firr’ullah!

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