We Will Pressure Nigeria To Reverse The Anti- Gay Law – USA


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The United States government has
vowed to continue to press the Nigerian
government to reverse its anti-gay law.
The US Assistant Secretary of State for
African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield,
said this during
a live-web chat with journalists in
Our correspondent monitored the web
chat in Abuja.
Thomas-Greenfield also said that
America was not bothered that Chinese
companies were fast taking over the
African market from their US
President Goodluck Jonathan had on
January 7, 2014 assented to the Same
s*x Marriage (Prohibition) Bill 2013
which criminalises homosexuality in the
On January 14 when it became public
that the President had signed the bill into
law, the US, Canada and the European
Union openly expressed reservations
over the law.
Thomas-Greenfield, who said the US had
adopted the protection of the rights of
same-s*x people as part of its foreign
policies, vowed that Washington would
continue to mount and sustain pressure
on Nigeria and other countries to reverse
their laws against the Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, and Transgender community.
She said, “As a government, it is one of
the highest priorities and strongest
values that discrimination against
anyone based on their sexual orientation
and gender identity is wrong.
We believe human rights should be
available to everybody.
“As a policy, we will continue to press
the government of Nigeria as well as
other governments who have provided
legislation that discriminate against the
LGBT community.”
Thomas-Greenfiled, who did not agree
that pressuring Nigeria to reverse the
anti-gay law amounted to interference,
said the country and Uganda had the
hardest legislation on the gay
She said, “This is very much a work in
progress, but I think you will agree with
me that the law in Nigeria really went far
in discriminating against this community
but also people who associate with
“So we will continue to press the
government, to press the legislature to
change these laws and provide human
rights for all Nigerian people regardless
of their sexual orientation.”
She, however, did not disclose if the US
would impose sanctions on the countries
with anti-gay laws to achieve its
Thomas-Greenfield was optimistic that
the U.S would win the fight to protect the
LGBT community.
She said, “With what is happening in the
US, you can determine how far we are
willing to go. We strongly believe human
rights for all people and we are
particularly opposed to legislation that
actually targets the gay community for
So we are prepared to push this as a
policy not just in Africa but across the


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