Let me commend ex President Goodluck Jonathan for causing to be established antigay legislation in Nigeria.
Few days back, a joint session of the US Senate and House Committees on Foreign Affairs (on the seeming prodding of President Obama) cornered President Buhari to have a “rethink” of gay rights, gay movement and same sex marriage in Nigeria.
Curiously, this proposal came after US unequivocally maintained their unaltering support to lift Nigeria from its present economic declivity and corruption-ridden throes.
It was a proposal aimed at posterizing our core values, belief systems and heterogeneity as one indivisible nation. It was a proposal aimed at harkening to the needless cri de cœur of US-based Nigerian LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual and Intersexed) community.
It was also a proposal aimed at using Nigeria as a guinea pig experiment in Africa!
Lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered fellows are human beings. No doubt. I have no qualms with helping, hugging, shaking hands, working and having fruitful interactions with them.
I’ve always maintained that these individuals are extremely creative (especially in the fashion, beauty and related industries). They are honest. Committed. Focused. Smart. And nice. But let’s face reality. Most of us would agree that Nigeria, a largely heterosexual society can’t be a hotbed for an LGBTI community.
So when President Buhari outrightly and emphatically rejected the proposal in its entirety, he won my heart and that of several millions Nigerians home and abroad.
I don’t know about you. But this rejection is historic. And I hope it would be maintained (by successive governments) ad infinitum.
Again, kudos to Goodluck for establishing antigay laws in 2014.
Ok, enough ranting!
Mr Cornells is a Contributing Editor (Fashion and Lifestyle) at The Trent and Founder & Editor of PassionistaHub.com and a passionate team of contributors from Nigeria, Greece, South Africa, UK and US. PassionistaHub.com is a contemporary online fashion blogazine. In case you’re wondering what inspires the name: “Passionista”, it is actually a portmanteau word from “passion” + “(fashio)nista”. Recently nominated “ONLINE PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR”, FAB AWARDS 2012, the blogazine is into catchy trends, with topics ranging from fragrances to make-up tips, to ManStyle, models, editorials, red carpet, upcoming fashion events, news and scoops in Nigeria & beyond! It also addresses the multifarious and multidimensional fashions that abound in the music and movie world.