UK’s David Cameron to discuss Nigeria’s new Anti-Gay Law

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Following the decision of Nigeria’s lawmakers to pass a new anti-homosexuality law, Prime Minister David Cameron says “nothing should be off the table” when it comes to foreign aid and protecting equal rights.

The prime minister was asked on a BBC World News programme if Britain should dock its aid contributions to the African nation as a result of the Nigerian Parliament’s decision to further criminalise same-sex relations.

Same-sex relationships are already illegal in Nigeria and the new law means gay couples entering into either marriage or cohabitation could face 14 years each in prison.

The law awaits the approval of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Mr Cameron told the BBC that he would be raising the issue with Nigeria’s leaders.

“With countries like Nigeria, where we have a very good relationship, a very strong relationship, nothing should be off the table”, the prime minister said.

“So when we meet with Nigerian politicians and Nigerian leaders, we should be very clear about those things that we agree about and very clear where we disagree.”

Mr Cameron said that the UK has a “very good record on equal rights for lesbian and gay people”, adding: “we believe that’s right for every country in the world.”

“The matter of your sexuality is something that shouldn’t disadvantage you [just as] your religion, or your race, or the way you should choose your life.”

When asked if UK foreign aid should be docked from Nigeria, the prime minister said: “We will have to have some conversations with them, as I said nothing is off the table and we should have these conversations, but we also have some very important objectives with the Nigerians for instance to deal with the appalling rates of poverty in the north of Nigeria which is part of a problem that affects not just Nigeria but the rest of the world.”

The PM concluded: “But as I said nothing [is] off the table; always prepared to have these conversations, and my view very strongly is that we should have proper equality for lesbian and gay people and that should apply everywhere in the world.”

5 COMMENTS

  1. What sort of equality is he talking abt? same sex marriage in Nigeria is a taboo and so it stands. our leaders will nt be forgiven if they compromise wt those devils making us subservient to their dictates.

  2. Is same relationship permitted by God? why giving it a second tot. God punished Sodom and Gomorrah in time past and we do not want to incur the wrath of God. Pls, UK should keep whatever negotiation to urselves, aid or no aid.

  3. Can someone tell Mr Cameron that European culture is very far different from African culture, the days of colonialism when they impose they culture on African has gone so get it into your head Cameron, now!! As for the Aid, please stop it, it is part of your game plan to hold African down………

  4. Someone need to tell the gay man and his house of gays that people in Africa are also discussing British abuse of right to polygamy (Love between consenting adults).
    Those arrogant worn out imperialist think they are still colonizing Africa.
    The inept government that plays on ‘external’ issues to avoid answering tough questions on the ineptitude on domestic issues!
    Let him send a ship or cargo to collect the gays and lesbians in Africa, if he really love them so much!
    Maybe he has not noticed that one thing and one thing alone unite people of that area both Christians, Muslims, and traditionalists and that is collective hatred for abnormal sexual experiments like sodomy or bestiality as is freely practiced in UK and other Western ‘twisted world’.

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