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Canadian Government Cancels Nigerian President's State Visit

JonathanThe Canadian government has canceled a planned state visit by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan reportedly in response to his signing earlier this month of an oppressive anti-gay law, under which dozens of suspected gay men have been arrested and detained.

The Nigerian Monitor reports:

The nation was expected to receive Nigeria’s president on a state visit slated for February but is said to have cancelled the visit in a bid to show its displeasure at the new law...

...Sources in Abuja told Saharareporters that the Nigerian Ambassador to Canada, Ojo Madueke, was told to inform President Jonathan that the state visit to Canada scheduled for February 13 and 14th 2014 has now been canceled.

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  1. Goodluck forging international connections or availing of international aid.

    Posted by: sundayboy | Jan 20, 2014 2:25:20 PM


  2. When Stephen Harper first took office, we hurriedly married as we were sure he would fight to end same sex marriages. While he has had some definite missteps, I am more pleased with his stance in instances like this, than I thought I ever would be. I think having a foreign minister who is reportedly gay, is probably helping raise awareness to these barbaric laws in countries asking for our aid.
    I hope we open the doors to LGBT refugees from these countries.

    Posted by: 604brian | Jan 20, 2014 2:31:38 PM


  3. When Stephen Harper first took office, we hurriedly married as we were sure he would fight to end same sex marriages. While he has had some definite missteps, I am more pleased with his stance in instances like this, than I thought I ever would be. I think having a foreign minister who is reportedly gay, is probably helping raise awareness to these barbaric laws in countries asking for our aid.
    I hope we open the doors to LGBT refugees from these countries.

    Posted by: 604brian | Jan 20, 2014 2:31:38 PM


  4. "O Canada": thanks for giving Jonathan the Badnews: we don't want your kind round here.

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 20, 2014 2:38:49 PM


  5. Once again Canada does it right...

    Posted by: Ankerich | Jan 20, 2014 2:56:02 PM


  6. " Oh Canada".........as always Canada leads the world in its quiet liberal tolerant manner.

    Other countries should follow this great example of international accountability. The Nigerians need to be told that their s,ashing ov the values of Human Rights is a costly exercise in religious bigotry.

    If fact, this action by Canada should shine out with the lesson that bigotry costs money, aid, investment,prestige, influence.
    Nigeria now ranks with Uganda and Russia in the Most Hated Pariah Nations on Earth.

    Thank you all of Canada.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jan 20, 2014 2:58:34 PM


  7. Thank you Canada!

    Posted by: TheSeer | Jan 20, 2014 3:15:16 PM


  8. Proud to be a Canadian!! Now let's cancel the Nigerian Government and re-stock it with sensible, benevolent politicians!

    Posted by: David From Canada | Jan 20, 2014 3:16:09 PM


  9. Cancelling a state visit isn't going to do anything to help the gay men and women of Nigeria. Canada gives Nigeria less than $50 million (that's in Canadian dollars, of course) a year in development aid, mostly in the form of health-related assistance. This is a purely symbolic gesture from the HarperCons.

    Posted by: Knock | Jan 20, 2014 4:10:30 PM


  10. South Africa was expelled from the Commonwealth in 1960 because of its racist policies. When will Nigeria be expelled from the Commonwealth because of its homophobic policies?

    Posted by: Raymond | Jan 20, 2014 4:18:24 PM


  11. Feeling some great love for Canada right now.

    If Knock is correct about the $$, then Canada ought to cut the 50 million a year donations. They clearly don't need the 'purely symbolic gesture' and I'm sure it could be put to better use.

    Posted by: Malaise | Jan 20, 2014 4:23:11 PM


  12. What aid is Canada giving Nigeria that we in Nigeria have failed to notice . Keep your aid we don't need them and I support the anti gay law. Most of us here in Nigeria support it too go ahead and support whatever you like in your country

    Posted by: keka | Jan 20, 2014 4:50:06 PM


  13. KEKA,

    what about Gay and Lesbian Nigerians? Why do they deserve to be threatened with jail and death. They are your sons and daughters, nephews and nieces, uncles and aunts. Why do want to make them suffer? Why do you want to kill them? Because the Christian missionaries and the Muslim invaders told you to?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 20, 2014 4:56:38 PM


  14. All human being must remember, that any nation that turn back from God/Allah is liable to the wrath of God, and this is why all nations that fail to act according to the will of God/Allah are going to suffer. Mind you all nations that disrespect the commandments of God/Allah are condemned and in short time every living soul shall see, as the Kingdom of God is fast approaching. And all nations that stand by God/Allah should not be intimidated by the threats of the sinful worlds, God/Allah is right here to rescue them.

    Posted by: Anointed 72 | Jan 20, 2014 10:20:25 PM


  15. @ Anointed: if that's the case then wouldn't be said best that this battle is not yours, it's the Lord's? Let God/Allah's will be done, not yours. Your will is hatred and violence, not theirs.

    Posted by: CC | Jan 20, 2014 10:28:09 PM


  16. Keka - If you're on the internet the aid wasn't meant for you but for the millions and millions of your people living in poverty.

    Posted by: Knock | Jan 20, 2014 10:43:22 PM


  17. The anti gay law is a step in the right direction. We can not bcos of aids and some other benefits, allow what is disgraceful in our nation. I think freedom should have its own limit. To allow man wt man n woman wt woman to av sex? Hell no! That is granting freedom beyond its limits. If we allow dt, we r gradually ushering in chaos n anachy into our nation. Therefore, i'm in total support 4 d anti gay law put in place by the Nigerian president.

    Posted by: Awotedu abimbola | Jan 21, 2014 4:32:00 AM


  18. Keka ati Awotedu: Mo lero wipe o ti ati awọn ọrẹ rẹ gbadun rẹ aimokan lakoko ti o ti wa ni ku ni osi. Ko si ọkan yoo padanu o.

    Posted by: Liam SW | Jan 21, 2014 1:23:22 PM


  19. The Nigerian Astroturf Army has arrived.

    Posted by: Knock | Jan 21, 2014 9:40:30 PM


  20. Proud to live in a country that holds on to the separation of church and state, and is also educated on what is really right from wrong. Those are some of the very many reasons that Canada is so respected around the world.

    Posted by: Joel | Jan 25, 2014 2:35:54 AM


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