America says anti-gay law may affect fight against HIV/AIDS in Nigeria

Barack Obama
The American ambassador says the new anti-gay law has restricted the rights of expression and assembly of people involved in gay relationships 
The United States Government on Monday said Nigeria’s anti-gay law may affect the country’s fight against HIV/AIDS.
The new U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, made this known shortly after he visited the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Attahiru Jega, in Abuja.
Mr. Entwistle told journalists that the anti-gay law was against the rule of law because it violated the rights of a certain section of the citizenry.
According to him, the new law has restricted the rights of expression and assembly of people involved in gay relationships.
Already, he said the U.S. Government was studying the new law with a view to determining its support for HIV/AIDS campaigns in Nigeria.
He said the anti-gay law was capable of jeopardising Nigeria’s chances of receiving aids from the United States.
The envoy warned that future relationship between the two counties would be determined by how Nigeria handles the repressive law.
Entwistle, however, noted that majority of states in his home country are yet to legalise same-sex marriage, adding that the issue has generated serious controversy globally.
He said, “The issue of same-sex marriage is very controversial throughout the world including my country. In the US, only about I7 states have signed it into law, which means that majority of states have not permitted it.
“Maybe, there are some core challenges to that in my country. I am not a lawyer but as a friend of Nigeria, I have found that the new law puts significant restriction on the right of a people to assemble and freedom of expression.”
The envoy noted that the U.S. Government provides millions of dollars in aids towards the fight against HIV/AIDS and other health and social problems in Nigeria.
Continuing, he said, “Absolutely, we have to look very carefully into the law because whatever we will be doing will be in compliance with the new law. That is how I see that law.”

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  • The Effacer

    Right of association? Is the US allowing polygamists and similar groups to have free right of association? Europe and the US should learn to allow different cultures form legitimate laws according to their own interpretation of what is acceptable. Some European laws are also reprehensible for us as Africans.

  • Fantabulous

    U.S let it go, stop all these threats. Besides majority of Nigerians which the law affect are ok with it.

    • God

      God will punish all of you gay people and the ones in support

  • Yinusa Akinrele

    As you wrightly said Mr American Ambassador to Nigeria, it would be very good for you to preach to the rest of America states since you can confirmed 17 out of the states in America are not in support of Gay Wrights, in your Country and all other western countries, all your roads are tarred, good schools , colleges , hospitals, security, running water in every homes , 24 /7 electricity supply, all these are not to write home about in Nigeria today , I have been living in western world from Nigeria for the past 30 years , worked in the farm, I have never seen a pit Toilets .As of today in year 2014 , more than 70% of houses in Nigeria are still in use of pit Toilets.in honesty, is it Gay Wright issue you should be preaching to Nigerians, take for instance when Nigerian gotten a green card or citizenship in any of western countries they throw party ,for the party throwing after getting green paper or citizenship I wish you ask any Nigerian what that mean to them.

  • Yinusa Akinrele

    in the western world , all the roads are tarred , good schools, colleges, hospitals, security, running water in every homes,24/7 electricity supply no use of pit Toilets. as more than 70% of the houses in Nigeria are still in use of pit Toilets for God sake it is not Gay Wright preaching we need for the fast majority of Nigerians

  • afo ngo

    amarica is talking about, human right why spying on other leaders