Friday, February 20, 2009

Nigeria's progress in democratic governance, promotion and protection of human rights

The Nigerian government, during the 4th Session of United Nations Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on February 9, 2009 in Geneva, presented its National Consultative Forum report which addresses the human rights condition in the country. Below is the most scary paragraph. Note the emboldened phrase, which puts a question mark on human rights in Nigeria... for LGBT persons.

"The United Kingdom wanted to know the position of Nigerian Government on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. As we have indicated in our National Report, we have no record of any group of Nigerians, who have come together under the umbrella of "Lesbian, Gay and Transgender" group, let alone to start talking of their rights. Of course, as citizens, all Nigerians have their fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution. During our National Consultative Forum, we went out of our way to look for the Gay, Lesbian and Transgender group, but we could not come across Nigerians with such sexuality. If they are an amorphous group, then the question of violence against them does not arise, let alone negotiating special rights for them. With regard to same-sex marriage, this is illegal in Nigeria, and until the law is changed, it remains so. The British in their wisdom bestowed the law against same-sex marriage to us, for which we are grateful."

What loads of shit that is. And to be said by a Foreign Minister who, by the responsibilities of his office, should know better. But Mr. Ojo Maduekwe, portrays his lack of knowledge and understanding of freedom and rights and hence do not meet the requirements to be engaging with the outer world on behalf of a country. I am completely disappointed and continuously afraid that gay people like me in Nigeria, faces even more risk to their lives since the government remains adamant to our proposals for dialogue. And worse still for this new-found-principle of denying our existence.

So, by that bold phrase above, Nigeria becomes the only country in the world to have cheated nature not to have gay people. But unfortunately, they did not look very well, because I am a Nigerian, and I AM A GAY MAN. Such bollocks by the group who should be leaders therefore leaves so little to be desired of one's country considering the number of proud and out gay, lesbian and transgender people from Nigeria.

For full text of the report summary, please visit this link: Guardian Newspaper. Click here to see detailed exposition.

No comments:

Subscribe by Email