Anti-gay law: Nigeria accuses U.S, U.K, others of ‘double standards’

Gays and their collaborators risk 14 years in jail in Nigeria

The Nigerian Government has accused western nations of double standards over a new law banning same-sex marriages.

President Goodluck Jonathan endorsed the new law in January, effectively criminalizing same-sex marriages and public show of same-sex affection.

Nigeria has faced intense criticisms mainly from the United States and the United Kingdom over the legislations. The two countries have accused the government of violating the peoples’ rights.

Nigeria’s acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Viola Onwuliri, said such criticisms stem from the “double standards” of the West.

Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the sidelines of the just concluded AU summit, Ms. Onwuliri said President Jonathan signed the law in the interest of Nigerians and democracy.

“What happened in Nigeria is democracy in action and it will really be unfortunate that people who are talking about democracy when they now see democracy work, they want us to go against democracy,” she said.

“Is democracy for pick and choose? When it suites them they want us to do good governance and democracy, but when it does not suit them they want us to go against the democracy that has been put in place.

“The National Assembly took a decision, the National Assembly is the face of democracy in Nigeria, they are the representatives of the people, they form the voice of the people and they have spoken,’’ she said.

The European Union, Canada and the United States have criticised the new law, saying it negates the fundamental human rights of individuals enshrined in the Nigeria constitution.

On the situation in South Sudan and the Central African Republic, the minister said Nigeria strongly backs the AU and regional groups’ role in demanding the return of peace and stability in the regions.

“Nigeria has taken a position on the need for peaceful resolutions in conflict situations in Africa, safety of lives and property and ensuring that women and children are safe in conflict areas,’’ she said.

The minister acknowledged that there had been demands for Nigeria to contribute troops to the African- led International Mission (MISCA) in the Central African Republic (CAR).

“The decision (to deploy troops to CAR) is for the president and commander-in-chief, but it’s not something new to us because Nigeria has been involved in peacekeeping since the 1960s.’’

Around 5,500 AU troops taking part in the MISCA peacekeeping mission have been joined by 1,600 French soldiers in the CAR.

In November, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, told the UN Security Council that a UN force of up to 9,000 troops and 1,700 police could be needed in CAR.

NAN reports that at the just concluded 22nd Ordinary Session of the AU in Ethiopia, Nigeria pledged 1.5million dollars to support MISCA.

Nigeria also donated two million dollars to Africa Solidarity Initiative, an AU initiative that supports reconstruction and development in Africa countries emerging from conflict. (NAN)


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  • LeeDorsey

    Basically.. HOGWASH! ..calling bullshit on this whole piece. ‘QUOTING’ these immature imbeciles.
    You can’t have a ‘democracy’ that forces everyone to accept your intolerant ideas. Adults all over the world have realized that equal human rights as stated in the United Nations DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS are the just way to determine a persons ‘status’. It is immature people who are not truly ADULTS who claim from some old cultural baggage that there should be any basis for inequality of races, sexes, genders. … Pay attention, even Adult Religions do accept this premise.

    • His Excellency

      Mumu…Say your worst

    • JI

      You are insane.

      It is an adults right to have sex through the anus (shit)? such adults must me demented and the campaigners like you must be fools.

      Democracy is about the majority’s decisions becoming law. If you want the minority opinion to be law, it means you want dictatorship and the type you want is from external forces who want to colonise you.


    • john

      Go exile. Animal

    • tonui33

      LeeDorsey anti- Homosexuality Law is just a common sense Issue. westerns can shag their anus. African believes it is wrong, and so shall it be. Gay is a mental disorder, having an unpopular sexual feelings is a complete mental disorder. pedophilia is a mental disorder, some people have sexual feelings towards animals, towards older women, towards women undies. Being gay is just another type of sexual feelings and does not necessary mean you are born with it.There are treatments, and because the west is trying to spread it , claiming it is normal, people don’t think they need to be treated again. Get treatment LeeDorsey!

  • Citizen.Samuel

    Why do this westerners hide under the cover of democracy to promote evil upon evil. If this is truely what democracy is all about then i think it is the worst type of government and should be abolished all over the world. Shame on you demon Obama, this generation and generation to come will never forgive you. Kudos to you Jonathan and may God bless you for promoting sanctity on earth.