Nigerian leader: Vote for me if you oppose gay rights

It is appalling how being gay is now being used in political campaign first it was used in Zimbabwe and now it is Nigeria.


Muhammadu Buhari (Photo courtesy of Daily Post) Muhammadu Buhari (Photo courtesy of Daily Post)

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has injected the issue of gay rights into his campaign to win the presidential election scheduled for March 28.

Femi Fani-Kayode, Jonathan’s spokesman at the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) campaign, today accused challenger Muhammadu Buhari of striking a deal with Western nations to repeal last year’s new anti-gay law in exchange for their support for his campaign.

The 2014 law, formally known as the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, calls for prison sentences of up to 14 years for any Nigerian who enters into a same-sex marriage and up to 10 years to anyone who attends or assists in a same-sex wedding in Nigeria, who makes a  “public show of same-sex amorous relationship” or belongs to a “gay organization.”

Buhari has given no indication that he opposes the harsh new law, which Jonathan signed in January 2014.  (See, for example…

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