The incident happened Thursday in Port Harcourt at the funeral ceremony for the sister of Davis Mac-Iyalla, the head of Changing Attitude Nigeria, a religious-based gay outreach group. Reportedly, the funeral was attended by six of its members and one man, who prefers not to be named, says he was approached by "a muscular man" who "asked me for a word outside the compound."
"The next thing I saw was a mob group who were there to attack me. They started slapping and punching me, kicked me on the ground and spat on me.
"While beating me they were shouting: 'You notorious homosexual, you think can run away from us for your notorious group to cause more abomination in our land?'"
In August, a lynch mob of several dozen men attacked a prison where a dozen suspected gay men were being detained.
CAN leaders and international human rights advocates have long accused Archbishop Peter Akinola of directing or condoning violence against gays. The rabidly anti-gay archbishop has been at the forefront of opposing gay clergy across the Anglican Communion and its the American branch, the Episcopal Church.
Homosexuality is illegal in Nigeria. (Previously discussed here and here.) Those convicted face jail terms in the mainly Christian south and execution in the mainly Muslim north. Meanwhile, proposed legislation would be the most homophobic laws in any country, effectively stripping gays and lesbians of all civil rights and freedom of speech or association.
Gay Nigerian Christian Leader Attacked [UK Gay News]
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