Wednesday, March 17, 2010

When I Felt The Evil Of Oppressive Laws...


When people talk about the dangers of repressive and discriminatory laws, it doesn't come any more real to a passer-by as the victim sees it. But such is all other conditions in human life. We are therefore always in danger of exaggerating or under-estimating those situations. And whichever stance we take, the truth remains that we can never imagine the full reality of them.

As a Nigerian, I have continued to campaign in my own little way for a better life and equality without persecution and discrimination for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) people in my country; mainly because it directly affects me and largely because such should not be the lot of any human. It is a sorry and an appalling situation where laws are made based on sentiments and individuals' moral standards than based on fairness, justice and facts. Such laws end up being blind to reason and become a tool for oppression, destruction and deprivation.

The irrationality of this situation is questionable since it is ignorant of the other person. In equation, it is only comparable to slavery and murder since the affected individual(s) are being forced without their consent. While that is not the only inhibit of this injustice, it is also illogical because the issue and victim targeted [in the matter] are of no direct or indirect consequence or danger to the oppressor. The danger therefore, is the advantage ordinary citizens find in it to unleashing undue attack on fellow citizens with leverage and assurance of going scotch-free. But it is a complete unreasonable attack from which the attacker makes no gain whatsoever.

So calling home (Nigeria) earlier today to speak to my cousin and to ask after another cousin who is ill in the hospital, the least I expected was a verbal attack about my sexuality. The worse that came with it is the threat to my life... 'if she can lay her hand on me', she said because she has seen pictures of me campaigning on LGBT rights and read this blog. Perhaps, I have been lucky because I am not at her reach because I am in Britain. But then the question arises; what if I go to Nigeria?

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