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‘No’ to Homosexuality, ‘Yes’ to Child Marriage in Nigeria
Written by Ndesanjo Macha On 24 August 2013 @ 16:54 pm | 5 Comments
In Citizen Media, English, Gay Rights (LGBT), Human Rights, Law, Nigeria, Politics, Sub-Saharan Africa, Weblog
A man was beaten  by members of the public in Kotodayo community in Ota in western Nigeria, on August 22, 2013, for allegedly being gay. This came in the wake of a bill passed  in the Nigeria's House of Representative on May 30, 2013, which criminalises gay marriage, same-sex relationships and membership of a gay rights group.
The man, known only as Sadiq, was whisked from the scene conscious but there is no information on his current condition.
President Goodluck Jonathan must approve the bill before it becomes law. The bill, which was passed by Nigeria's Senate  in November 2011, sets prison sentences of up to 14 years for offenders. Ironically, it is the same Senate that approved child marriage  in July this year.
Global Attitudes Project by Pew Research Centre shows that Nigeria is the least tolerant country in the world when it comes to homosexuality. A mere rumour  of being gay in the country can lead to violence and even imprisonment.
Homosexuality is outlawed in 38 African countries and it can be punishable by death in Mauritania, Sudan and northern Nigeria.
In February 2012, Uganda re-tabled a controversial anti-gay bill proposed by a Ugandan member of parliament, David Bahati, who claimed to to have dropped the death penalty and jailing of family members who fail to report homosexuals to the authorities in the new bill.
In the same month, the former Liberian first lady, Jewel Howard Taylor, introduced a bill  making homosexuality liable to a death sentence.
Many African politicians and lawmakers claim that homosexuality is un-natural and un-African. South Africa is an exception with a constitution, which provides the most comprehensive protection of gay rights in the world.
Mare [sic] allegation that someone is gay is enough to expose them to violent attacks in Nigeria what a shame. I don’t think there is any law that will change the sexuality of homosexuals. Human rights for all please.
I don’t [he later made a correction in another comment saying that he meant to use the word "do" instead of "don't"] abhor gay pratice but is this what we should be bothering ourselves with . When we should be making politicians lives a living hell we’re bothered with all sorts of myopic issues .
But Adeyinka was not convinced :
Gay is evil dont support it in any form. Nothing concern politician here.accept jesus christ b4 it is too late for you.
On Twitter, Nigerian writer St.Vince (@vinzPaz ) thought mob justice against homosexuals is sadistic even if homosexuality in illegal:
Come on guys, homosexuality is illegal in Nigeria but mob-beating them? That's just sadistic.
— St. Vince™ (@VinzPaz) August 23, 2013 
Alexis Okeowo (@alexis_ok ), a journalist writing about Africa for international media outlets, wished for a day Nigerians will get angry over anti-gay bills like they do with child marriage legislation:
The day Nigerians get angry over anti-gay bills like they have with child marriage legislation is when I'll permanently move to Nigeria.
— Alexis Okeowo (@alexis_ok) July 26, 2013 
The Nigerian Senate on July 18, 2013 upheld a clause in the Nigerian Constitution that defined full age  to include any woman that is married regardless of her age. Concerned Nigerians and activists opposed the move on Twitte r using the hashtag #ChildNotBride  created by Ayomidotun Fadeyi (@IAmAyomiDotun ), a Nigerian visual storyteller.
In 2010, Ahmad Sani Yerima, senator and former governor of Zamfara State in Northern Nigeria, was accused of marrying a 13-year old  Egyptian girl. Yerima reportedly paid the girl's parents 100,000 US dollars in dowry. Senator Sani Ahmed Yerima led the group of senators who opposed changing the definition of legal age of marriage arguing that certain religious traditions allow for marriage under 18.
Tweeting about the same issues of child marriage and homosexuality, Bar Baric (@Bar_Baric ) wrote:
Our Western partner nations have been relatively silent about the child marriage issue in Nigeria, unlike homosexuality.
— Bar Baric (@Bar_Baric) August 10, 2013 
Eusebius (@IgbokweEusebius ) is sure that Lagos will legalise gay marriage in the future:
As I see it, Lagos will be the first state to legalise gay marriage in Nigeria. Mark my word!!!
— Eusebius (@IgbokweEusebius) August 22, 2013 
Homosexuality is deeply rooted in Nigeria, noted Pizzle Houdini (@thisisphd ):
If u went to a boarding school,u will know how deep dis gay ish is rooted in Nigeria.
— Pizzle Houdini (@thisisphd) August 22, 2013 
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URLs in this post:
 A man was beaten: http://globalvoicesonline.org http://pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/08/22/nigerian-gay-arrested-in-ogun-community/
 a bill passed: http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2013/05/31/nigeria-passes-anti-gay-bill-with-penalties-up-to-14-years-in-jail/
 which was passed by Nigeria's Senate: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/may/30/nigeria-passes-bill-banning-gay-marriage
 approved child marriage: http://allafrica.com/view/group/main/main/id/00025620.html/
 shows that : http://www.pewglobal.org/2013/06/04/the-global-divide-on-homosexuality/
 A mere rumour: http://tiers4equality.blogspot.com/2013/08/in-nigeria-mere-rumor-of-being-gay-can.html
 re-tabled a controversial anti-gay bill : http://globalvoicesonline.org http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/02/16/uganda-the-anti-gay-bill-that-wont-go-away/
 introduced a bill: http://globalvoicesonline.org http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/02/24/liberia-kill-the-gays-bill-spreading/
 Nigeria Eye: http://www.nigerianeye.com/2013/08/nigerian-gay-arrested-in-ogun-state.html
 made the following observations: http://www.nigerianeye.com/2013/08/nigerian-gay-arrested-in-ogun-state.html?showComment=1377186982384#c4148964977681461852
 PM News Nigeria: http://pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/08/22/nigerian-gay-arrested-in-ogun-community/
 wondered: http://pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/08/22/nigerian-gay-arrested-in-ogun-community/comment-page-1/#comment-660077
 was not convinced: http://pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/08/22/nigerian-gay-arrested-in-ogun-community/comment-page-1/#comment-660165
 @vinzPaz: https://twitter.com/VinzPaz
 August 23, 2013: https://twitter.com/VinzPaz/statuses/370840369090805760
 @alexis_ok: https://twitter.com/alexis_ok/
 July 26, 2013: https://twitter.com/alexis_ok/statuses/360685868060647425
 that defined full age: http://stream.aljazeera.com/story/201307222236-0022924
 opposed the move on Twitte: http://globalvoicesonline.orgttp://storify.com/Feathersproject/a-nigerian-twitter-advocacy-on-childnotbride/
 #ChildNotBride: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ChildNotBride&src=hash
 IAmAyomiDotun: http://twitter.com/IAmAyomiDotun
 was accused of marrying a 13-year old: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2010/05/20/nigeria-a-debate-on-pedophilia-sharia-law-and-the-two-nigerias/
 @Bar_Baric: https://twitter.com/Bar_Baric/
 August 10, 2013: https://twitter.com/Bar_Baric/statuses/366105524162412544
 @IgbokweEusebius: https://twitter.com/IgbokweEusebius/
 August 22, 2013: https://twitter.com/IgbokweEusebius/statuses/370685858116296704
 @thisisphd: https://twitter.com/thisisphd/
 August 22, 2013: https://twitter.com/thisisphd/statuses/370500744556064768
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