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.

Posted January 20, 2014 at 2:15pm ETC by Andy Towle
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