LGBT rights: Nigerian group dismisses Biden’s threat of sanctions

LGBT rights: Nigerian group dismisses Biden’s threat of sanctions

- The Centre for Africa Culture, Rights and Citizens Protection has registered its displeasure over Joe Biden's call for sanctions against Nigeria, others

- Biden had said that countries opposed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex will be sanctioned

- According to CACRP, Biden's threat is a disregard for US democratic principles

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The Centre for Africa Culture, Rights and Citizens Protection (CACRP) on Thursday, February 11, condemned the threat issued by the president of the United States of America, Joe Biden, on sanctions for countries opposed to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI).

CACRP said it is worrying because the US president’s threat is a disregard for Nigeria and its counterparts' democratic institutions and sovereignty.

A statement signed by CACRP’s executive director, Adamu Kabir, and seen by Legit.ng said the US need to understand that every nation across the globe has the right to enforce the law which governs them internally.

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Biden had called on US embassies in Nigeria and other nations to push for the legislation of homosexuality in the countries of residence.

Nigeria is one of the nations against LGBTQ, the nation signed a Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act into law in 2014.

LGBTQI: Biden’s threat of sanction a disregard for democratic institutions

A group has dismissed Biden’s threat of sanction for Nigeria. Photo credit: Alex Wong
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Kabir said if the US could independently take measures to save its democracy from pro-Trump protesters who stormed its Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, then it would be right to allow every other nation the opportunity to do same.

The centre further called on the Nigerian government to immediately articulate areas of counter-sanctions that would be deployed against the US if it presses ahead with its threat.

It also urged the government to build and lead a coalition of the righteous made up of countries opposed to the degradation of human values through LGBTQI.

Kabir said:

“The implication of what the United States is asking countries to do therefore is akin to asking that they disregard their democratic institutions, discard their national sovereignties and adopt dictates from the President of the United States of America.”
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“This is a clear threat to democracies across the world because it means whatever the representatives of these countries decide for their people will be of no consequences.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Nigerian singer Simi had apologized to the LGBTQI community after making comments that were found to be offensive.

The singer said that nobody deserves the kind of hatred the LGBTQI community is always faced with across the globe.

She also said that it is not right for people living anywhere around the world to continue to live in fear for any reason.

Simi’s apology followed a backlash from LGBTQI activist Bisi Alimi over her comment against the community on social media.

Alimi described Simi as a hypocrite for sympathising with abroad blackness while ‘promoting local homophobic violence against their own’.

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Jerrywright Ukwu is a senior political/defence correspondent in Legit.ng based in Abuja. Jerrywright is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also an active member of both the Nigeria Union of Journalists and the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations. He spends his leisure-time reading history books.

Source: Legit Newspaper

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