Former President Goodluck Jonathan signed a law criminalizing same-sex marriages, gay groups and public displays of affection by homosexuals in 2014. Now, frequently sitting in the midst of top leaders worldwide, Jonathan thinks he might have been wrong to do so.
“When it comes to equality, we must all have the same rights as Nigerian citizens,” Jonathan said at a forum held at Bloomberg’s European headquarters in London today.
“In the light of deepening debates for all Nigerians and other citizens of the world to be treated equally and without discrimination, and with the clear knowledge that the issue of sexual orientation is still evolving, the nation may at the appropriate time revisit the law,” Jonathan said added.
Nigeria is a highly religious country with more than 90 percent of its population adhering to either the Christian or the Islamic faith. Both religions abhor homosexuality.