Who would have believed that LGBT rights would be a topic of discussion going into the 2019 elections?
Presidential aspirant Donald Duke had on Sunday released a statement clarifying his position on human rights.
“Homosexuality is a crime in Nigeria and ought to remain so,” Duke said, but he “would not go seeking homosexuals for prosecution.”
Eunice Atuejide has on her Facebook chastised Duke for the statement, saying that while “homosexuality may be immoral, unacceptable, embarrassing,” still, “it is not a crime.”
“Nobody gets hurt when two or more fully consenting adults indulge in same-sex activities,” Atuejide continued, and LGBT people “are humans. And every human being has a fundamental right to the protection of their privacy.”
You see ehn, when I watched Donald Duke with Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana and Laila Johnson-Salami on @onthecouchnaija I was so proud of him. Today, I feel awfully ashamed of him.
In fact, the only area he actually made sense while on the couch was when he discussed criminalising homosexuality in Nigeria. I drew strength from his views, and felt more confident about my approach to the topic.
Today, when I saw his retraction, I lost the little respect I had started to develop for the man – Donald Duke.
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