President Jonathan yesterday Monday Jan. 13th reportedly signed a bill that criminalizes same-sex relationships and gay rights groups in Nigeria. The bill contains penalties of up to 14 years in prison.
Some people feel making this into law can get people unjustly killed or jailed and there are those who feel that Nigerians should be worried now because this is a homophobic country. Frankly, I’m more than a little worried myself. We are a country that reacts first and talks about it later. That’s how it is out there on the streets. And since the government has officially made this a crime, it has opened the doors to all sorts of barbarism to rend the streets, all in the name of ‘apprehending’ gay people. You know how Naija people can like to take laws in our own hands and enforce jungle justice. May God be with us.