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LGBTQI: Outrage as US trains Nigerians, agencies on gay rights

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The United States Embassy’s tutoring of Nigerians on respect and shield the human rights of LGBTQI+ individuals has sparked outrage.

LGBTQI is the acronym for lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Mission announced it funded a 4-day “train-the-trainers awareness workshop” for Nigerian legislation enforcement officers and different related companies.

The information relayed on Twitter didn’t go nicely with social media users as they accused America of disrespecting Nigerian legal guidelines.

“What is the essence of this training when the laws of the land does not approve LGBTQI,” @Suleaaron replied.

“Your politics of lack of respect towards the African nations and the Chinese politics is very clear to the world. It is like the difference between good and evil”, @IsZhrdn fumed.

“There’s legislation prohibiting it, but the State Department went ahead to fund a campaign on the issue because the US embassy always does not respect the beliefs and laws of their host countries,” @MusaYakubuMust tweeted.

“Why not spend funds on training officers on how to handle voters during general elections 2023. This is Diverse Nigeria with many cultures and traditions. We need to get leadership right first before other ancillary objectives,” said @jcpruzo.

“It is morally and culturally not acceptable here! Here is a very simple suggestion, gather them LGBTQI+ persons, give them free visa and citizenship in the US where they can enjoy the privileges of being LGBTQI+,” Mc_lumia advised.

“US law forbids bigamy and polygamy, African traditions. Nigerian law forbids homosexual but the US is forcing it in our throat. Hopefully, @USinNigeria will not bring democracy and military intervention to protect the LGBTI people”, @EkitiDuke wrote.

In January 2014, former President Goodluck signed a invoice that criminalises same-sex relationships, shunning western strain over homosexual rights.

“Persons who enter into a same-sex marriage contract or civil union commit an offence and are each liable on conviction to a term of 14 years in prison,” the invoice says.

The U.S. government denounced the legalisation by way of a robust assertion issued by then Secretary of State, John Kerry.

“Beyond even prohibiting same sex marriage, this law dangerously restricts freedom of assembly … and expression for all Nigerians,” he said.

Jerry added that the legislation was not per Nigeria’s worldwide authorized obligations and undermined democratic reforms and human rights protections.

In October 2019, Jonathan revealed the U.S. and the U.Okay. stood against him as a result of he signed the Anti-Same intercourse Marriage Bill into legislation.

The former chief commented on a portion of ex-Prime Minister David Cameron’s memoir which recalled his response after Boko Haram kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from Chibok, Borno State.

“When he eventually made a statement, it was to accuse the campaigners of politicising the tragedy. When we offered to help rescue the girls we had located, he refused,” it learn.

Jonathan dismissed the declare, narrating he got here under intense strain from the Cameron administration to cross laws supporting same intercourse marriage.

“I signed the Prohibition Bill into legislation…in line with the desires of the Nigerian people. This occurred after a examine of 39 nations by the US Pew Research Centre indicated that 98 per cent of Nigerians had been against homosexual marriage.

“My government came under almost unbearable pressure from Mr. Cameron, who reached me through envoys, and made subtle and not so subtle threats against me and my government”, he said.

Jonathan added that conferences important of him had been held on the White House and the Portcullis House in the U.Okay. Parliament with leaders of then opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

LGBTQI: Outrage as US trains Nigerians, agencies on gay rights

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