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UK to Boost Aid to Nigeria as 'Witch Hunts' Against Gays Intensify

The UK will boost aid to Nigeria this year despite the signing of an anti-gay law by President Goodluck Jonathan which is leading to 'witch hunts', trials, lashings, and likely worse for people suspected of being gay across the African nation.

CameronThe Mail Online reports:

David Cameron warned last year the UK would review its massive aid programme if the country pressed ahead with legislation that includes a ten-year jail sentence for gay men holding hands in public.

But the Department for International Development, under pressure to meet targets on aid spending, said last night the West African state would not lose a penny despite a decision by President Goodluck Jonathan to sign off the law this week.

A spokesman added that aid to Nigeria would be increased as planned, from £200million last year to almost £270million.

Since Nigeria's law has gone into effect 38 people have reportedly been arrested — 11 in the northern Islamic Bauchi state where homosexuality carries a death sentence, and at least 24 in three southern states, according to Dorothy Aken'ova, the executive director of the International Centre for Reproductive Health and Sexual Rights.

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  1. That is a goddamned disgrace. Sorry, but I'm losing what little ability I had to be civil about this.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 16, 2014 1:37:43 PM

  2. Why does Nigeria need aid? They make over $50 billion a year in oil profits.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Jan 16, 2014 1:48:21 PM

  3. As with Libya this is all about oil contracts and "quango" appointments.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 16, 2014 1:50:44 PM

  4. Seriously. Has the UK no decency?

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Jan 16, 2014 1:55:22 PM

  5. And the Archbishop of Canterbury hasn't said a word about it, despite the Anglican church in Nigeria being a prime driver behind the law.

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | Jan 16, 2014 2:01:25 PM

  6. To: enquiry@dfid.gov.uk

    I just read an article about how the UK is upping aid to Nigeria, despite the recent signing of the so-called 'kill the gays' bill by the Nigerian president. Already, a number of people have been arrested, "tried", victimized and/or brutalized under this new law. I suspect that what we're seeing is only the beginning there, and that it's going to get far, far worse.

    The UK seems to be endorsing the worst kind of witch hunt here.

    So, my query is, how can the UK possibly justify not only continuing but also increasing the level of aid given to any nation that has begun not walking but indeed racing headlong down the path to their very own holocaust?

    How many members (or suspected members) of the GLBT community need to die and/or have their rights so inhumanely violated before the UK withdraws such support and makes a stand for what is right and just? 10? 100? 1,000? 100,000? More?

    The support of this nation should be terminated immediately and suspended indefinitely so long as such laws are on the books, and so long as the number of atrocities committed and the associated body count continues to increase.

    Otherwise, the UK as a whole will be a willing participant and supporter of these crimes, and that's a pretty terrible thing.


    Posted by: phluidik | Jan 16, 2014 2:07:56 PM

  7. SHAME on Britain. Disgusting.

    Posted by: Pete | Jan 16, 2014 2:09:06 PM

  8. Pathetic England - Pathetic!

    Posted by: disgusted american | Jan 16, 2014 2:13:05 PM

  9. @ "Why does Nigeria need aid? They make over $50 billion a year in oil profits."

    The Nigerian oil men steal the oil profits, EUCTKULTIG. Then they put the attention on LGBT Nigerians so that the hetero (so they claim) Nigerians won't notice who is cheating the hell out of them.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 16, 2014 2:17:35 PM

  10. "Say wut", Prime Minister?!

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Jan 16, 2014 2:30:42 PM

  11. This is outrageous. Sometimes you have to stop and wonder what it is that these super powers are trying to instill around the globe.

    Posted by: Jay | Jan 16, 2014 2:37:52 PM

  12. looks like someone is getting diamonds as a prezzy in the UK.

    Posted by: Frogview | Jan 16, 2014 2:47:38 PM

  13. @Randy
    I totally agree. A goddamn disgrace to reward the mistreating of citizens with increased monetary rewards.

    Posted by: *****overTX | Jan 16, 2014 2:49:03 PM

  14. Revolting. The UK is going to help PAY to harm gays and lesbians.

    Posted by: Jeff | Jan 16, 2014 3:22:56 PM

  15. David Cameron has no balls.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 16, 2014 3:23:13 PM

  16. Colonialism ended a long time ago. It's time for Europeans to stop these African neanderthals from sucking on their teat just because of liberal white guilt. Time to move on. Africa will always be a mess, no matter how much aid we pump in.

    Posted by: jazzy | Jan 16, 2014 3:56:58 PM

  17. Ugh, I'm sick of this Government and its perverse mixed messages.

    Posted by: Ellby | Jan 16, 2014 4:00:32 PM

  18. England should be ashamed of itself. Promoting a possible gay Holocaust in Africa. If you are sending money to this regime you are supporting their homophobia.

    Posted by: David | Jan 16, 2014 5:15:55 PM

  19. "The Nigerian oil men steal the oil profits, EUCTKULTIG. Then they put the attention on LGBT Nigerians so that the hetero (so they claim) Nigerians won't notice who is cheating the hell out of them."

    Your first sentence is correct, Derrick.

    Your second one is not. The homophobia of Nigeria's leaders reflects the cultural norms of the overall population.....and blaming it on "Western colonialism" is not accurate because the Muslims are even more homophobic than the Christians are (it is the one trait they seem to share).

    The corruption of the elite just reflects the general African trait of laziness and lack of enterprise....which is why Africa (and the African diaspora) have always been so backwards and probably always will be....

    Posted by: Rick | Jan 16, 2014 5:41:57 PM

  20. The cameron government is going to have to reverse this. This must me playing very badly in England.
    I checked to see if the UK government might have an ulterior motive: that they might be afraid to anger nigeria to protect british oil interests there. But BP has already pulled out of Nigeria.
    This doesn't make sense.
    My gut tells me cameron will stop this increase.

    Posted by: woody | Jan 16, 2014 6:17:48 PM

  21. Please sign the petition asking the UK government to stop all financial aid to Nigeria if this law is approved. Please ask your friends & families to sign too.


    Thank you.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jan 17, 2014 2:22:59 AM

  22. I'm an expat working in Nigeria. I would say that all these aid money will only go into those corrupted politicians' pocket.

    Posted by: GF | Jan 17, 2014 7:26:02 AM

  23. UK citizens and residents can sign this petition to the UK governement to cut aid to Nigeria if this law is passed: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/51050 please do sign up, as not many people have so far.

    Posted by: MJD | Jan 17, 2014 8:09:52 AM

  24. Firstly, please stop referring to the UK as England. For the time being whilst our main parliament sits in England it rules the whole of the UK.

    Secondly, it is not just Nigeria that we should stop sending aid to. We should also stop seeding aid to India and Uganda amongst others.

    If anyone in the UK knows who we should contact regarding the Nigerian aid programme, please let me know.... Thank you

    Posted by: barrybear1980 | Jan 18, 2014 1:35:40 PM

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