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Nigeria Has Arrested 38 Gay Men from List of 168: Human Rights Group

As you may know, yesterday Nigeria's President Jonathan Goodluck signed a law mandating 14 years prison time for anyone entered into a same-sex marriage or civil union and 10 years in prison for anyone who participates or operates a gay club or organization, or shows any indication that they are in a same-sex relationship.

BauchiA human rights organization today reports that in Nigeria's northern Bauchi state arrests are already underway, according to the AP:

Dorothy Aken’Ova is executive director of Nigeria’s International Center for Reproductive Health and Sexual Rights. She said Tuesday the new law, already being dubbed the “Jail the Gays” law, will endanger and even criminalize programs fighting HIV-AIDS in the gay community.

She said police in Bauchi state have a list of 168 purportedly gay men, of whom 38 have been arrested recently.

Jonathan’s spokesman confirmed Monday he signed the act providing penalties of up to 14 years in jail for same-sex marriage and up to 10 years’ imprisonment for membership or encouragement of gay organizations.

A State Department spokesperson was grilled yesterday about the new law. See her interview HERE.

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  1. that government have nothing better to do like go arrest all the nasty screamer that try to steal money from us westerners . that country going to hell in a hand basket .

    Posted by: tony mark | Jan 14, 2014 8:52:43 AM


  2. I'm counting my lucky stars that I live in Canada. Clearly all the money people send to Africa to build schools and promote education is being wasted.

    Posted by: Bravo | Jan 14, 2014 9:50:50 AM


  3. Welcome to Nazi barbarian Nigeria.

    Posted by: Sean | Jan 14, 2014 10:48:29 AM


  4. Jesus how horrific. I hope there's some way to help people over there, an Underground Railroad to get the other people on the list to safe places.

    Posted by: jersey | Jan 14, 2014 11:19:58 AM


  5. I can't think of too many things nastier than sx with a nigerian, regardless of which country they are in. Derrick.

    Posted by: Enchantra | Jan 14, 2014 1:11:40 PM


  6. Those 38 just got a death sentence.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Jan 14, 2014 1:42:06 PM


  7. @ Bravo - Don't count your/our lucky stars just yet. You don't think this anti-gay plague will touch Canada? Think again. We've only had relatively equal rights since 2005; they surely can be taken away again when anti-gay Canadian masses overturn our current situation due to being inspired by what's going on elsewhere. Then what? That's what I'm wondering.

    Posted by: Tundra4 | Jan 14, 2014 2:47:27 PM


  8. I have never understood the "gay" relationship.But i am sure,,,that if you put a guy in prison for 14 years with nothing but men,,,,he will surely be "gay".2 things human nature dictates about men,,,they gonna eat,,and they gonna have sex...Reguardless of anything else.Has anyone considered or studied why we are having so many "gay relationships" all over the world these days???

    Posted by: karen | Jan 14, 2014 8:10:52 PM


  9. @Karen:
    A guy in prison does not become gay if he was not naturally wired that way. He may have sex with men because that's all that's available, but his natural attraction to women will not change.
    A certain proportion of humans are born with a propensity to fall in love with someone of the same sex instead of the opposite sex.
    The relationships shouldn't be at all hard to undertstand, if not for all the falsehoods you've heard that may confuse you.
    Just like you might meet a special man and be romantically drawn to him and want to spend your life with him, Ellen met Portia and fell in love with her and wanted to spend her life with her.
    They come home and have dinner together and walk the dogs together and plan their vacations together. Their relationship enriches each other's lives. It's pretty simple, really.

    In places like Nigeria there is very poor education and misunderstandings predominate. Nigeria's president clearly does not understand that gay people's being gay doesn't harm anybody and that gay people just want to live their lives in peace.

    Posted by: GregV | Jan 14, 2014 11:30:58 PM


  10. Foremost, we should try to encourage Nigeria to move toward a secular education system (at a time when Boko Haram are attacking schools and killing students).

    In the north, apparently the public schools are Islamic; in the south, Christian. It wasn't supposed to be this way, and the original mission of public schools needs to be restored. Teach kids that they can think for themselves, and they will do it. Each thinking kid may be someone who will grow up not to harm LGBT people.

    Our fight is almost always with the religious. We must directly attack the source of their power, which is ignorance. They can say what they want about imagined spirit worlds, but in this world, their words should not go uncontested.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 15, 2014 2:43:56 AM


  11. @Randy: Don't assume it is due to being religious per se- an MRI study showed that when asked what religious people think "God" wants, the parts of the brain that were active matched the ones that were active when asked what they want.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091130151321.htm

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 15, 2014 3:11:21 AM


  12. HOMOSEXUALITY IS CONTAGIOUS IS JUST LIKE AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE, MOREOVER ITS AN OPEN HIGHWAY FOR HIV TO EXPAND

    Posted by: rogelio rosal | Jan 15, 2014 9:41:49 AM


  13. IN ANY RELIGION FAGS ARE DETESTABLE / TABOO

    Posted by: rogelio rosal | Jan 15, 2014 9:43:24 AM


  14. ITS GOOD THAT THERE ARE STILL NATIONS DOES NOT BEND WHEN FAGS DICTATES THEIR PERVERT DEMANDS, THESE NATIONS WILL OUT WITHER NATIONS WHO IMMORTALIZE ADORE FAGS WAYS AND IDEAS

    Posted by: rogelio rosal | Jan 15, 2014 9:46:16 AM


  15. NO FAGS NO HIV

    Posted by: rogelio rosal | Jan 15, 2014 9:48:59 AM


  16. STRAIGHT = HEAVEN / CROOKED = HELL

    Posted by: rogelio rosal | Jan 15, 2014 9:54:08 AM


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