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From The Nigerian Senate With Love – Anti-Gay Bill Ready For The President

25 Dec

nigeria-rainbowLast week, I posted about the a state in Nigeria imposing harsh sentences for LGBTs. Tom Janus of Queerlandia joked that if it were up to some staunch anti-gay legislators, this new change would be applied to all states.Well this humorous comment has unfortunately come true as the Nigerian Senate has applied all the necessary changes and have passed this bill to the President and they are pushing for him to sign it within the week although he has 30 days to do so. This revised bill is not available for review but supposedly includes most of the details found in the original including the magic 14 year jail time. This is around the same time that the Ugandan Parliament has cleared their own anti-gay bill, the so-called “Christmas present” from Rebecca Kandaga, Speaker of the Ugandan House of Parliament which may impose life in prison for certain homosexual “acts” as well as sentences for people who fail to report homosexuals – presumably if a son comes out to his mother, she could go to jail for failing to report him to the authorities. This bill is awaiting for President Museveni’s signature.

I’m still surprised at how fast this bill has moved considering that so many bills that address REAL problems are still pending for no reason. It was introduced in 2011 and there are bills that deal with education and healthcare reform that have been on the back burner since 2007. I hope Nigerians can see their tax Naira at work.  I do wonder if Mr President has enough space on his plate to add this bill since he has been in some Scandal-worthy national drama of his own involving “open letters” between him and the former President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo on his mismanagement of the country. There are whispers that some are gathering to start impeachment proceedings against him.

Worthy of note is that people are beginning to speak out against this bill besides recognized LGBT activists such as an Anglican bishop in Kaduna, a state in Nigeria, who has said that there are more important issues facing the country that the Senate actually need to address as a priority, issues such as corruption and unemployment.

A friend of mine said that “Africa is dying because love is dying”. Today I’m finding it hard to tell him he is wrong.

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2013 in Politik

 

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13 responses to “From The Nigerian Senate With Love – Anti-Gay Bill Ready For The President

  1. Tom Janus

    December 25, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Sorry to hear that D.C.. I’m also surprised as to the speed of the bills passage, and just like in the U.S. at times, I’m stunned as to how a country can just about stop everything to take on a hate-filled issue in light of all the serious problems that lay in front of them. It’s never made sense in the past, nor does it this moment, and I doubt that it will in the future. All we can do is make our voices heard, and hope for the best.

     
    • D.C.

      December 25, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      Exactly. I think everyone is surprised that this is considered a national priority. Maybe this is the one event that would make everyone question their own views on homosexuality.

       
      • Tom Janus

        December 25, 2013 at 4:34 pm

        That just might happen, and let’s hope that those views lean toward the positive side, not only for you, but your gay brothers and sisters as well. I hope you’ll keep on top of this developing situation and post more about it. Not that I can do much, other than support your effort, but I would like to know how it might be effecting you. Peace to you D.C..

         
      • D.C.

        December 25, 2013 at 5:49 pm

        Thanks. Peace be with you too Tom

         
  2. Mike Martinez

    December 25, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Reblogged this on Mikes Daily Blog.

     
  3. gaydinosaurtales

    December 25, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    And the irony also that this all comes at the same time as the christian season of great LOVE, and joy for the son of god. Peace to you, DC

     
    • D.C.

      December 25, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      Exactly! We cannot show love to another if we don’t have it within us, which says a lot about some politicians. Peace be with you too.

       
  4. angryricky

    December 30, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    (hug)

     
    • D.C.

      December 30, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      Thanks and right back at you 🙂

       
  5. fundamentallyqueer

    December 30, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    And people wonder why I’m not inclined to go back home to Nigeria…

     
    • D.C.

      January 4, 2014 at 9:25 am

      Exactly. I don’t blame you at all

       
  6. aguywithoutboxers

    January 4, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    An outstanding post regarding the homophobic frenzy that is sweeping throughout the world. Regrettably and embarrassingly, much of it is exported from the USA by religious extremists who are anything but practitioners of they belief system they claim to follow. Thank you for posting this update, buddy! Much love and naked hugs! 🙂

     
    • D.C.

      January 4, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      It is indeed sad especially considering the level of hypocrisy. Thanks for reading! Hugs xx

       

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