GAY BILL: EQUITY AND JUSTICE, WE ASK! ~ Initiative for Equal Rights

Published:15 Nov, 2012

For Immediate Release
Lagos, Nigeria
November 14th 2012

EQUITY AND JUSTICE, WE ASK!
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The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIER) condemns the recent move by members of the House of Representative- relating to the Same-sex marriage prohibition bill.

The Bill was passed to the House of Representative in November 2011 and it went through the first reading before the end of last year. On Tuesday 13 November 2012, the Bill went through its second reading and was unanimously passed for the third and final reading. Meanwhile, the Bill is reported to be under a “clause-by-clause” review.

If passed at the final reading, the bill goes to the President who has the power to veto or assent to it.

If the President assents, it becomes law. Otherwise, the National assembly may retrieve the Bill and legislate on it again- going through the same process. At this time, the President’s assent will be unnecessary.

Olumide Makanjuola- Director of Programs said, “It is unfortunate that the argument presented by the legislature is invalid, illogical and unethical in democratic politics. Nigeria is secular state and still remains as such. Therefore, religion should have no stake in law making in the country. Unfortunately, this is what we get!”

He further said that, “this is unfortunate modern day democracy, where equity and justice is non-negotiable. It is unacceptable for the State to interfere in privacy of lives that pose no threat to Statehood.”

We strongly believe that, with the recently move on the bill, a lot of development work would be put in a state of disarray. For instance, CSOs that currently provide sexual health services to sexual minorities will have challenges reaching their target population and effort put into ensuring quality HIV prevention program in the country will be put into jeopardy.

We are critically concerned by the effect of this bill if passed into law, therefore we call on the House of Representatives to look in objectively as they under go the “clause-by–clause” review.

Furthermore, we call on The National Human Rights Commission to take quick steps in having a dialogue with the legislators enunciating the adverse effect of the bill to the protection of human rights of all Nigerians regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Signed by:
Olumide Femi Makanjuola
Director of Programs
omakanjuola@initiative4equality.org
+2348075510102

Abayomi Aka
Human Right Program Associate
akashaspecial@gmail.com
+2348036524592

  • Adeleke

    We don’t want another Soddom &Gomorah in Nigeria, the writer/author shld read his Bible/Quran or better still go on Traditional way for enlightment, thanks.

  • Saladin

    This is insane. Why should we make ourselves animals while we have been given brains to think. I dont know whether these ppl calling for ‘human rights’ actually believe in God or they believe that they exist by just like that (nature). If you believe that God created you, the land u live on, the air u breath, the complex systems in ur body, the brain to think and innovate, then that God certainly deserves to be worshipped. If that God decrees something, then who are you to talk of human rights. Pls let us watch our actions

  • Babylantos

    Mr.Adeleke- it is hightime we divorced politics from religion. Let’s wake up to 21st century and preach Equity for all. Let’s put a stop to discrimination and embrace diversity. Let’s not be bribed by the government gogblegedock and innuendo to steal from the treasury by using anti same-sex bill has a cover.

  • Babylantos

    Saladin- God God God you said. Why do you always attach God to everything? In the same country where we claimed to be true worshippers of God- Four innocent undergraduates were lynched to death and nothing was done to bring justice to the killers. Let’s look at it from this perspective- if truly God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah cos of the homosexuality-why hasn’t God destroyed South Africa?

  • Babylantos

    Olumide and Akasha- I am with you on this cause and I am sure together we are stronger and together we shall conquer. A job well-done brothers.

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