We Will Not Give Up On Our Opposition Of The Anti-Gay Law...

We Will Not Give Up On Our Opposition Of The Anti-Gay Law – United States

By Salisu Sulaimon | Sub-Editor on February 12, 2014
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US Secretary of State John Kerry listens as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov delivers remarks while meeting with US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu, and staff August 9, 2013 in the Benjamin Franklin room at the US Department of State in Washington, DC. | AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards/Getty Images

ABUJA — The government of the United States has again restated its position on the anti-gay law recently signed by President Goodluck Jonathan.

In a live-web chat with journalists in African countries yesterday, January 11th 2014, US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas Greenfield, said the United States would not give up on its opposition of the law.

She stated that there is still a ray of hope to ensure there is no violation of human rights in the implementation of the law.

“US is opposed to the legislation targeted against the gay people and we will continue to press forward to see that it is changed so that those group of people will have freedom to exercise their rights.

“We are of the view that criminalisation against anybody on the basis of their sexual orientation and affiliation is wrong and we will continue to press Nigeria government and the legislators to change the anti-gay law,” Greenfield said.

On the issue of terrorism and Boko Haram extremism, Greenfield said the group had been more daring in carrying out attacks against innocent people in the country, adding that the US was working closely with the Federal Government to bring an end to extremism in the country.

“There has to be a multi-faceted approach to dealing with extremism and we will continue to work with Nigeria to combat it”.

“Terrorism we know affects the whole of Nigerian people and with our collaboration with Nigerian government we hope to bring an end to it in the country as we will not relent in our effort at fighting it to a finish.”

On the US relationship with African nations generally, she said her government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the African Union in different areas and hopes to build African capacity to solve crisis within the continent.

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