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60,000 petition Nigerian President not to sign anti-gay law

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  1. 60,000 my foot….there are 168 million that want him to sign it IMMEDIATELY. Well, democracy as the West taught is rule by the majority. So go ahead Mr President and sign the bill. We are behind you.

    1. No, democracy is not rule by the majority. Democracy is rule by the people.

      Protecting vulnerable groups from the tyranny of the majority is at the heart of Western democracy. That is why major democratic revolutions such as the French and American Revolutions established majority-rule governments balanced with the notion of human rights which cannot be legislated away, and which protect all humans equally.

      Which is also why homosexuality was decriminalised after the French Revolution, and why the US supreme court in Lawrence v. Texas held that criminalisation of homosexuality is unconstitutional. And why the Yogyakarta Principles were prepared explaining how LGBT rights are protected by human rights law.

      Democracy means protecting minorities, however reviled. This principle is vital for the stability of democratic countries and for the welfare of every individual within them.

      Other than that, carry on.

      1. Nicely said, Atalanta.

      2. In other words NIgeria is not a democracy despite its absurd claims to be so.

      3. Nameo Obum 20 Dec 2011, 2:51am

        Nicely said indeed, “Protecting vulnerable groups from the tyranny of the majority is at the heart of Western democracy”. Please keep it that way in the west and leave us Africans alone to do our thing our way as agreed by the majority of our population. We ask for no more than this. As a parting shot…keep your filthy aid and return what your ancestors looted from our continent.

    2. Democracy is about protecting the population regardless of difference …

      It is not about what the majority want … if it was then racist policies would have been allowed to continue in many countries – they are regarded as unacceptable (regardless of the ethnic make up of a nation)

      Human rights are essential and the duty of a government to protect

    3. Jock S. Trap 19 Dec 2011, 9:58am

      Human rights affect All of us no matter where we are. We all deserve to be treated properly and humane. No government has the right to discriminate or prejudice. Esp when they expect all to pay taxes equally.

    4. Nameo Obum 20 Dec 2011, 2:55am

      Even if they get 4 billion signatures, it will change nothing. Nigerians have spoken and there it stays. They should feel free to practice Lesbianism and gayism in the West, Africans will not bother you.

  2. This is just horrible..

  3. Pls those protesting in diaspora should carry on in those places where they learnt same sex mariages etc. We cannot just carry on yeilding to western culture. In our culture men marry women period! So if u live in New york or London and feel gay marriages should be allowed in Nigeria, you are a joker.

    1. Homophobia was originally a Victorian western colonial import too, you ignoramus.
      Seems like you’re totally fine cherrypicking the bits of western cultural interferance which pander to your bigotry, or is there an arbitary historical cutoff point in your mind?

    2. You really should look into your culture pre colonial/christian interference

    3. Why is there a NIgerian word for gay people, which predates western colonialism in NIgeria, Nonny.

      Oh yeah- because being gay as an identity in Nigeria predates colonialism,.

      I suspect you are too stupid and religious to realise this though.

    4. And historically high-status men married more than one woman: do you advocate polygamy too, nonny? Or are you a Christian (another Western import)?

    5. @Nonny

      I suggest you go back and learn lessons about your culture …

      Homophobia is a relic from British and other western colonial times, prior to this your continent has clear anthropological evidence of the acceptance and tolerance of homosexual relationships.

      So, if you want to be true to your culture, support your gay African brothers and sisters …

    6. Homosexuality is perfectly normal and natural.

      It has been proven by scientific research over the last one hundred years that homosexuality exists in every species on earth, including humanity, and will continue to exist because all forms of life on earth are ambisexual.

      1. Jonopol

        Isn’t time we stopped justifying our existence. Anyone who questions us is a flat earther they do not change they die off

    7. Nonny

      If you knew your history you’d know that gay people were seen as a blessing as we are the peacemakers any culture that embraces us is always peaceful. The cultures that reject us are violent you can see that all over.

    8. on the Dlow 7 Dec 2011, 10:35am

      ‘Nonny’ Black gay people do exist in there high numbers, I can vouch for that. Also there are many gay clubs in Nigeria, which i have attended. The only thing your ignorance and homophobia leads to is Nigerian gay people being afraid to come out of the closest and having to live their lives pretending to be something they’re not. I know many Nigerian gay guys who are forced to live life in this way. Marrying a woman, to appease people like you! sleeping with men behind the womans back to appease themselves. Has it not occured to you that this might be one of the reasons why oublack women are disproportionately infected with HIV.

      1. I agree, I have enjoyed a couple of times chatting with gay guys in Lagos. I must admit, I would find the oppressive attitude of the state and the presumed culture (imported by colonialists) as suffocating and, if Nigerian, would seek asylum in the UK, US, NZ etc …

        1. Stu

          Some people cannot just pick up and leave they may have friends and family they love and they may not want to deal with the racism here in the uk.

    9. Jock S. Trap 19 Dec 2011, 9:59am

      Yet again this is about law against people that don’t affect anyone else. It is purely to discriminate and harm. That cannot be allowed.

  4. You should go live there Keith. You’ll love it.

    1. He’s usually too drunk to book the flights, alas. And he’s miss his “ex-gay” friends he goes “playing” in the park with at 3am….

  5. We have a rule here report -1 and ignore. If you feed the rats they come back

    1. What if you have a pet rat? You know, one that’s an animal but utterly harmless, and who’s only purpose is to amuse. Like Keith.

      1. Why would you want to play with the trash?

        1. To remind me how superior I am.

        2. The devil doesn’t change it changes you

          1. The devil is not real James. I am.

          2. If you comverse with negative people you become negative

          3. What????

            If you converse with intelligent people, will you become more intelligent?

  6. jamestoronto 6 Dec 2011, 2:51pm

    A valiant effort that sadly will fall on totally deaf ears and blind eyes.

    1. And watch the NIgerian government whining lile the murderous scum that they are when Britain starts ignoring NIgeria’s begging bowl.

      1. Nameo Obum 20 Dec 2011, 2:40am

        Nigeria’s begging bowl? What an idiotic statement. Go and check out how many British companies are in Nigeria milking the country dry. Keep advertising your ignorance.

  7. Over 150 MILLION are in support of the bill. so if you want to be taken seriously, get more signatures.

    1. Dave North 6 Dec 2011, 5:57pm

      No need.

      The West just stops sending you aid.

      This year alone:

      US: $647,700,000
      UK: £114,000,000 on avg £250,000,000 until 2015

      Average income in Nigeria = £1.00 per day.

      Get your act in order.

      1. Also, Nigeria would be ignoring its own Constitution as well its international human rights obligations by passing the Bill.

        1. jamestoronto 6 Dec 2011, 10:22pm

          I somehow doubt that these are high on their list of concerns. The rule of law is not common practice in so many countries. Nigeria is a failed democracy by any accounting especially its diaspora.

          1. Yea, I know…. but now it’s becoming glaringly evident in the eyes of the world and especially young people.

            Also, did you hear Hillary Clinton’s speech today in Geneva ….WOW

      2. Nameo Obum 20 Dec 2011, 2:15am

        Keep your aid but respect African countries independence> If you think you can colonize Nigeria again then you are living in a dreamland.

        We don’t want your stinking aid rather, return what your ancestors stole from Africa. We’ll make our own laws as it suit our culture, traditional and belief system. SIMPLY

        NB. Dave North, you are welcome to keep advertising your ignorance about Africa.

  8. Great to hear that the US are going to consider LGBT rights issues in connection to their international aid …

    Hopefully other nations such as other EU countries, NZ, Australia, South Africa, Latin American states etc will also introduce a similar approach following the clear leadership of the UK

    1. and here:

      http://www.metroweekly.com/poliglot/2011/12/obama-issues-memorandum-direct.html

      Incredible good news on HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 2011…..

      The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed on this day in 1948.

      1. Fabulous news …

        Big steps being taken, more battles to come, but the war shall be won

        1. I’m still amazed at Hillary Clinton’s historic speech.

          Simply put, she said everything we needed and wanted to hear.

          An exceptional woman.

  9. The Bible Society of Lagos awaits your arrival with bated breath.

    1. Nameo Obum 20 Dec 2011, 2:44am

      Exactly!!!!

  10. carrie baker 7 Dec 2011, 12:56am

    You take this evil nigerian president and his parliment out , like gadaffi, this people rose up because they had backbone , and was tired of the wicked terroristic governments president killing and falsley imprisoning their love ones its wrong its a crime against humanity, the people must arrest him for crimes against humanity, and if he do not step down to be taken in for his abuses of the people , he must be killed like gadaffie, but you must not allow him to continue to kill the parents and children because of the wicked demons racism when he them the hetersexual spooks are the terrroriest and rappest and murders an all of them should be in jail bust a few , the gay families are are the peaceful humane society in all countries and even the united states,US. and britain, must help take this uganda and nigerian, zimbamwai , maleasiak , south africa and other preisidents out commiting csrimes against humainity, the must have a democratic peoples government, caring about the peopl

    1. Nameo Obum 20 Dec 2011, 2:42am

      Stupid!

  11. carrie baker 7 Dec 2011, 1:04am

    The same now that United states president and HIlleray clinton has called on a nations united states and all countries to to protect human rights of lgbt people and if theses people do not they must be taken serious actions against including all cities and states in the united states, your own home front must comply as well, all mayor and governors must send back a signed letter given out by obama and hillarey clinton, and panetta, and have all officials in each state and city sign the same petitins letters not asking them but telling them if they break the human rights , legislatins against citizens in any city or state the lgbt families, must report immediatley along with others and the mayors and governors and other hate officials must be removed, and reprimanded as well for crimes against humainty and instigating violence and wars onto the people famiilies, leading to casulaties and more devastation of he economy as well, the evil , unfairness, an terrorism , inhumane behavior

  12. Pink News seem to have the right idea about dealing with homophobia disorder.

  13. Nameo Obum 20 Dec 2011, 2:36am

    Nigeria & other African countries are independent & sovereign make their own laws without entertaining any threats from imperialists. These people should keep their aid but return everything they have stolen from Africa. The British hardly ever had any mineral resources until they found oil in the North Sea yet they were once the richest country in the world based on what they looted from other nations.

    For your information, Nigeria will neither take orders nor advice from Hillary Clinton or anybody else. No African leader has ever suggested to any European country or USA, how to run their affairs. They should also learn to leave us alone as Africans didn’t come to this world to be subservient to Caucasians.

    Barack Obama & David Cameron can divorce their wives & get married to each other if they wish – it’s none of our business.

    NB. I wonder why none of these nuisance westerners ever dictate to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain etc the same way they dictate to & insult Africans?(sigh)

  14. Nameo Obum 20 Dec 2011, 2:59am

    Centuries ago, Africans never asked for nor received aid but after the whiteman came looted our continent, they started throwing peanuts to us in the name of aid. How convenient!…You come to my home steal me blind then give me a little of what you stole from me and claim you are being kind to me.

  15. Nameo Obum 20 Dec 2011, 3:00am

    Nigeria & other African countries are independent & sovereign make their own laws without entertaining any threats from imperialists. These people should keep their aid but return everything they have stolen from Africa. The British hardly ever had any mineral resources until they found oil in the North Sea yet they were once the richest country in the world based on what they looted from other nations.

    For your information, Nigeria will neither take orders nor advice from Hillary Clinton or anybody else. No African leader has ever suggested to any European country or USA, how to run their affairs. They should also learn to leave us alone as Africans didn’t come to this world to be subservient to Caucasians.

    Barack Obama & David Cameron can divorce their wives & get married to each other if they wish – it’s none of our business.

    NB. I wonder why none of these nuisance westerners ever dictate to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain etc the same way they dictate to & insult Africans?(sigh)

  16. David chukwuka 27 Dec 2011, 10:38am

    Most times nigerians ar useless, especially those that comment whenever a gay rights issue is raised.They Forget that the country was better both economically and otherwise when we had a foreign government… The foreign minister said that homosexuallity was foreign to us Nigerians, i laughed at that level of ignorance cos i wondered whats not foreign.. Is it Education, proper health care system, religion, d suit he wore that day,? He is an idiot doh…. As 4 those accuse d colonialist of stealing, what did u have wen they haven’t come. So pathetic were we that we couldn’t know that we had oil beneath the soil of our fore fathers. 50yrs on, what have We acheived? Notin.. But rather, the ones they left us had been completely lost… If they spent half of d energy, time and resource they use on anti gay bills on the economy, nigerian would have been a semi heaven… Am a nigerian and am a gay also.. I see no reason why i would not have equal rights as my heterosexual counterparts..

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