Nigeria: LGBTI remains a taboo that presidential hopefuls won’t dare to break

By Eniola Akinkuotu
Posted on Wednesday, 14 September 2022 08:33

A protest in Kenya in support of LGBTQ rights in 2019 © Ben Curtis/AP/SIPA

Several issues have dominated political discussions in the build-up to Nigeria’s critical elections slated for early next year: The dwindling government revenue, rising insecurity, crude oil theft, and the alarming rate of children that are out of school. However, the victimised lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex (LGBTI) community remain a taboo in Africa’s most populous country.

When Labour Party candidate Peter Obi nominated former senator Yusuf Baba Ahmed as his running mate on 8 July, many of his young tech-savvy supporters quickly took to Google to check the credentials of the man who could potentially be Nigeria’s next vice-president.