In January last year former President Goodluck Jonathan passed into law the Same s*x Marriage Prohibition Bill which criminalises homosexuality in Nigeria and would sentence anyone caught engaging in homosexual activity – 14 years jail time.
The move brought about widespread condemnation from the international community.
A few weeks ago the United States made gay marriage legal across all 50 states and the Washington DC. In light of this new law by the United States, they have renewed their vow to pressure the Nigerian government to reverse its anti-gay law.
Speaking to journalists in DC, The US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said
As a government, it is one of the highest priorities and strongest values that discrimination against anyone based on their s*xual orientation and gender identity is wrong. We believe human rights should be available to everybody. As a policy, we will continue to press the government of Nigeria as well as other governments who have provided legislation that discriminate against the LGBT community
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