It also dictates that 10 year sentences should be handed down to anyone who participates in a LGBT club, society or organisation or who displays affection to someone of the same sex publicly.
As part of Nigeria’s quest for equality, Former President Goodluck Jonathan says the nation may revisit it’s anti-gay law.
In 2014, Goodluck Jonathan signed an anti-gay law criminalizing same-sex marriages, gay groups and public displays of affection by homosexuals.
Speaking at the European Headquarters of Bloomsberg in London, Jonathan in his speech called for equality for all Nigerians, saying ‘no investment in our people is going to pay off if we are unequal.’
His speech reads in part;
“When it comes to equality, we must all have the same rights as Nigerian citizens.
One area some of the international community disagreed with me, was that while I was in office, I signed into law a bill that discriminates against a segment of our population.
This private member bill was put forward in the context of polls that showed 98% of Nigerians did not think same sex marriage should be accepted by our society. This was the highest percentage of any country surveyed.
The bill was passed by 100% of my country’s National Assembly. Therefore, as a democratic leader with deep respect for the Rule of Law, I had to put my seal of approval on it.
However, 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.”
Nigeria’s homophobic law bans same-sex marriage and dictates that anyone who doesn’t renounce a same-sex marriage they are in, faces 14 years in jail.