“When it comes to equality, we must all have the same rights as Nigerian citizens.” Those are the words of the former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, who now regrets signing their anti-gay measure into law. He was speaking in London.
It was only in January 2014 that Jonathan signed a bill which outlawed gay organizations, same-sex marriage and public displays of affection by homosexuals. Gays and lesbians face a 14-year jail term “if they do not retrace their steps and renounce such marriages” and anyone who witnesses or assists with a same-sex wedding faces ten years in prison, as does anyone who operates or attends an LGBT club or organization.
“In the light of deepening debates for all Nigerians and other citizens of the world to be treated equally and without discrimination, and with the clear knowledge that the issue of sexual orientation is still evolving, the nation may at the appropriate time revisit the law,” said said the former president.
92% of the Nigerian population supported the Act when it was passed.