Nigeria, US clash over gays

By Konye Obaji Ori

Posted on Thursday, 8 December 2011 10:05

Nigeria is set to be one of the countries that will be at the receiving end of the United States policy seeking to punish countries that outlaw homosexuality by withholding aid.

President Barack Obama’s administration this week announced the carrot and stick policy, which is likely to affect Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Uganda among other African countries.

The criminalisation of homosexuality in Nigeria received international condemnation.

But the policy has received approval at home especially from the Catholic Bishop Conference of Nigeria (CBCN).

“We note that the Senate took this courageous and hope-inducing decision in the face of considerable internal and international pressure to do the exact opposite,” CBCN said in statement on Tuesday.

The US government is reportedly launching diplomatic onslaught against Nigeria over the recently passed law that outlaws gay marriages.

Observers say the US might show its opposition to the Nigerian law by sponsoring civil society groups to defend the “rights” of homosexuals.

US funding will support rights groups in Nigeria fighting to protect the rights of people with different sexual orientations.

Nigeria MPs before passing the anti-homosexuality law declared that they were afraid of losing international aid. refinansavimas be turto įkeitimo ir paskolos iš žmonių

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