Diaspora professors opposing anti-gay law could as well back sex with animals- activist

President Goodluck Jonathan’s signing of the anti-gay law has drawn mixed reactions

A respected journalist and human rights activist, Richard Akinnola, has lashed out at the diaspora academics for calling on Western countries to impose travel sanctions on Nigerian government officials over Nigeria’s decision to outlaw gay relationship and same sex marriages.

President Goodluck Jonathan, last week, gave his assent to the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill, effectively making anyone convicted for getting involved in gay relationship or entering into a same-sex marriage contract or union face up to 14 years in prison.

While majority of Nigerians at home commended the president over the law; some, particularly those living abroad, criticized Mr. Jonathan for enacting a law that tramples on an individual’s freedom of association.

In a reaction to the new law, some Nigerian academics in the diaspora, alongside some of supporters at home, called on Western nations to impose diplomatic sanctions on the Nigerian government.

“Specifically, the United States and the United Kingdom should, forthwith, impose diplomatic sanctions (e.g., denial of visas) on all Nigerian functionaries, including journalists, the clergy, and policymakers associated with the passing of the law,” they stated in their letter.

Reacting to their letter, Mr. Akinnola called on them and other pro-gay activists to also advocate that sleeping with animals is a fundamental human right.

“I read with consternation, the letter of some of our diaspora academics, some of whom l personally know and have tremendous respect for, calling for travel sanctions on Nigerian government officials and others by Western countries,” Mr. Akinnola said.

“According to them, the anti-gay law was retrogressive and against Fundamental Human Rights.

“With due respect to their right to opinion, l seriously disagree. That would be stretching human rights to a preposterous level. I guess their being based abroad had made them “oyinbolised”.

“For instance, it’s a criminal offence for a man or woman to sleep with an animal. Why can’t they make similar position that it is the fundamental right of anybody to sleep with who he/she chooses to sleep with, including animals?

“After all, they can argue that some people were born with such instincts. We should not allow some odious western freedom crawl into our ways of life. I know, for example, that there is a particular day in London where some warped people, male and female, go naked publicly. They converge somewhere like a carnival, totally naked. If such society permits that, do we say Nigerians also have the fundamental human rights to go naked?”

Mr. Akinnola further stated that advocating for gay rights in a country like Nigeria would be stretching human rights to the limit.

“Why are the western countries not shouting over the stoning and beheading of adulterers in Islamic countries, some of which countries they still do business with?” he questioned.

“By the special grace of God, l say with all humility that l was one of the pioneers of organized Human Rights movements in this country almost three decades ago and l think it would be quite preposterous to stretch human rights to a ridiculous level without taking into consideration the cultural realities of your society.

“Otherwise, we can as well argue that suicide is the fundamental right of everybody. After all, it’s his/her own life. But we all know that attempted suicide is a criminal offence. To the advocates of pro-gay as fundamental right, they should also advocate that sleeping with animals is also a fundamental rights or a man can marry his younger sister, after all, it’s their fundamental right to marry who so they choose,” he added.


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  • emmanuel

    The British drink tea with tea cup and saucer and the USA mug. That is their culture and that remains with them.

    Whoever wants residency in those Western countries and thinks the easiest way to get that or some free money from the West is to destroy morals must be a lier.

    One out of every three USA citizen have done drugs sometime in life and are not bothered. People who do drugs have the capacity to sleep with even an animal when high on drugs,so their clamour for see in the an us is no big deal.

    Hungry Nigeria Professors some of whom married their relatives with residency documents, just to get papers to remain in the west are morally bankrupt and should be ignored

  • Es3

    All criticisms agaisnt the anti-gay law and even sanctions against Nigeria (if they will be mad enough to attempt that) are exercises in futility!

  • Uzoma

    Typically, laws, in particular draconian laws such as the present anti-gay, are passed to deal with major problems. I am still waiting for someone to point to the problem that this particular law is designed to address. No one can in good conscience say that Nigeria had an urgent homosexuality “epidemic” that needed addressing. Why create a problem where none exists? Why create the conditions for setting Nigerians against one another? If we were simply scared by the prospect of same-sex marriage we could have introduced legislation prohibiting same-sex marriage. But to go as far as incriminating homosexual relations in general–with a stiff penality of up to 14 years in prison–is, to say the least, hard to understand. What’s even more interesting is that all the arguments that one finds here and there offered by supporters of the law amount to mere strawmen and slippery slope arguments that can only be advanced by people who believe because the vast majority of Nigerians support the law that must make it right.

    Even the religious argument that is often bandied fails to impress when examined closely. The last time I checked–and, here, I speak as a christian–sin is transgression viewed from the standpoint of the individual’s personal relationship with God. As christians, we are often admonished not judge, that judgment belongs to God. Let’s leave it to the Almighty to judge gays and lesbians–unless, in the interim, we have substituted ourselves for God.

  • Dada

    this activist is drunk or smoking something!

    • Morgan

      Is that the best you have upstairs; vulgar words? As far as I’m concerned you have not made any meaningful contributions for or against. State your views without insulting the intelligence of others. That is how matured minds interact!

  • Nwalimu

    This is quack pastor masquerading as a human rights activist I think. no need to boastfully claim that “By the special grace of God, l say with all humility that l was one of the pioneers of organized Human Rights movements in this country almost three decades ago and l think it would be quite preposterous to stretch human rights to a ridiculous level without taking into consideration the cultural realities of your society.” With due respect pastor, you are not a human rights activist!

  • Nwalimu

    This is quack pastor masquerading as a human rights activist I think. no need to boastfully claim that “By the special grace of God, l say with all humility that l was one of the pioneers of organized Human Rights movements in this country almost three decades ago and l think it would be quite preposterous to stretch human rights to a ridiculous level without taking into consideration the cultural realities of your society.” With due respect pastor, you are not a human rights activist!

  • F Young

    “Otherwise, we can as well argue that suicide is the fundamental right of everybody.”

    Countless unexplained suicides is just one of the tragic effects of this lawless law. And the suicides will include heterosexuals genuinely misperceived to be homosexual, as well as heterosexual pastors and politicians falsely accused by cynical rivals. A Ugandan court has already found that a group of pastors had falsely accused a rival pastor of homosexuality so as to ruin him.

  • Omalay Bisalla

    Most rediculous to infringe on any country’s right to protect their culture, tradition,, religion and way of life attempting to force them to accept perverted misguided and Godless nations. The law against gay has come to stay in Nigeria God’s willing.