Ready to laugh? The government of Nigeria defends its atrocious human rights record to the United Nations and says—wait for it—there are absolutely no gays or lesbians in Africa's most populous nation.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Chief Ojo Maduekwe channels Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to make the outrageous claim before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Nigerian news website Vanguard "reported" Maduekwe's silly claims and adds "despite concerted efforts" the government could only locate "one woman of lesbian orientation." Ignore the typos.
Under its Universal periodic review mechanism proceedure in a session lasting three hours Cheif Ojo Madueke presented an overview of Nigeriaa human rights situation adressing issues raised by members of the Council on the Rights of Women, Death penalty and Nigerias Criminal Justice system, The Niger Delta, extra judicial killing and the state of prisons in Nigeria.
His presentation caused a stir when he informed members of the council that the government of Nigeria had been unable to locate persons of gay and sexual orientation,despite concerted efforts by his ministry to include this category of persons in the consultations on the human rights situation in Nigeria.
He further informed the audience that his ministry located only one woman of lesbian orientation and when invited to participate in a discussion on the rights of gay and lesbian persons, the lady informed his Ministry that she was pregnant.
One would think a reporter would question the outrageous assertion that in a country of more than 146 million people there are no gays or lesbians. (Only one lesbian! Who changed her ways and became pregnant.) But if one of the country's leading newspapers doesn't even copy edit its website—even the "chief" and the name of its own foreign minister are misspelled—facts are clearly not important either.
When lynch mobs attack and kill groups of suspected gay men, state prosecutors and the religious courts condemn gays and lesbians to death, and, the nation proposes comprehensive anti-gay measures that would ban gays from even going out to dinner together .. what incentive is there to come out of the closet? But if there really are no gays in Nigeria, one wonders why the government just voted for the second time to outlaw same-sex marriage.
Some Background ...
Ahmadinejad Says He Was Misquoted on Gays [R20]
EU Considers Suspending Aid to Nigeria [R20]
Nigerian Legislators Vote to Ban Gay Marriages [R20]
EU: Level of Homophobia in Nigeria "Unacceptable" [R20]
Nigerian Mob Attacks Gay Activist [R20]
Nigerian Lynch Mob Storms Jail [R20]
Nigeria Latest 18 Alleged Gays Face Death Penalty [R20]
Nigerian Woman Denies "Lesbian Wedding" [R20]
Nigerian Lesbian In Hiding After Reported Wedding [R20]
Nigeria's Homophobia Threatens Bid for Games [R20]
Nigeria One Step Closer to Outlawing Gays [R20]
Gay Nigerians Speak Out [R20]
Nigeria Prepares to Outlaw Gays [R20]
Nigeria to Ban Gays Meeting [R20]
Who is Archbishop Peter Akinola? [R20]
Nigeria's Islamic Sharia Law [R20]
UK Deports Gay Nigerian [R20]