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U.S. campaign to promote gay rights in Nigeria may be backfiring

  • January 13, 2016 12:51 PM
    Message # 3756548
    Nigeria News Editor (Administrator)

    The United States’ four-year-old campaign to expand civil rights for gay people overseas may be making things worse for citizens in Nigeria because of blowback to the attention the effort calls to the issue, according to a Dec. 20, 2015 article in the New York Times.  "Since 2012, the U.S. government has put more than $700 million into supporting gay rights groups and causes, more than half in Sub Saharan Africa. A 2014 law making same-sex relationships punishable by 14 years in prison and a crime to organize or participate in any in any type of gay meeting “is widely regarded by both supporters and opponents of gay rights as a reaction to American pressure on Nigeria and other African nations to embrace gay rights,” the Times reported in an article by Norimitsu Onishi.  “The U.S. support is making matters worse,” said Mike, 24, a university student studying biology in Minna, a town in central Nigeria who asked that his full name not be used for his safety. “There’s more resistance now. It’s triggered people’s defense mechanism.”

    Last modified: January 14, 2016 2:07 PM | Nigeria News Editor (Administrator)

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