Anti-gay Law One Of The Harshest In The World – Gay Reverend

Rev Jide Macaulay
Rev Jide Macaulay

Gay Reverend Jide Macaulay, Founder and Project Director of House Of Rainbow Fellowship has lamented the hostility shown towards homos*xuals in Nigeria, especially since President Goodluck Jonathan signed the anti-gay bill into law.

In a December 16, 2011 sermon titled ‘Would Jesus Discriminate?’, Macaulay had lauded the Nigerian Psychiatric Association for deleting homosexuality from its list of mental illness in 2004, noting however, that it seemed the rest of the society was delayed. He had assured the congregation that God would fight for the Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender and Intersex people.

In a letter to Saturday Vanguard, Macaulay described the new anti-gay law as one of the harshest laws in the world, adding that the LGBT-community now lives in fear of arrest and violence.

Read Macaulay’s letter below:

On January 7th, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan signed the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill 2013 into law. The law bans same sex marriage, and through its wording, also seeks to criminalise people, organisations and agencies who support homosexuality and those who do not immediately report any known homosexuals, or homosexual activities.

Since January12th, when the announcement was made, the LGBT-community has been thrown into panic. There is chaos throughout Nigeria as we are grappling with keeping up with mass arbitrary arrest, humiliation, blackmail, extortion and police corruption in several ‘charge and bail’ cases.

The hostility in Nigeria against gay people has reached epic proportions. In the East of Nigeria, many are fleeing their homes. One gay man, labelled “a leader of the homosexual” is on the run. His parents and brother were threatened with arrest if they don’t provide information about his whereabouts.

In the same region, more than six people were arrested. In the West of the country, we can confirm that nearly ten people have been arrested and bailed. The police have extorted funds from each victim at an average of between $120 to $300. Most of the people arrested were tortured and asked to provide additional details of other gays or lesbians. In the North of Nigeria, in Bauchi and Kano, there are two separate cases of arrests and harassment of gay people. Both areas are firmly under sharia law, which carries the death penalty.

In the wake of the passing of the anti gay laws, there is no doubt of the many calls, emails and online messages we have received, expressing fear, anger, anxiety and suicide attempts. This is a critical time for all LGBTI-people; a time when our ideals are being stretched and tested.

The Nigerian President and legislators have ignored the critical aspect of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and passed into law a legislation that is unjust.

In a BBC Radio program yesterday, I spoke out to condemn this law. However, a few of the speakers claimed that a research showed that 98% of Nigerians are happy and jubilant about this law, and based on their religious beliefs that homosexuality is “unafrican”, against religion and unnatural.

Nigeria like many African nations, has many issues and the oppression of LGBT-citizens is largely unwelcomed by an already marginalised group. We are now looking into our first priority intervention to help those displaced and or attacked.

In view of the present situation in Nigeria, we are helping with emergency evacuation to safe homes around the country. The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs), a Human Rights Organisation in Nigeria, has now opened a 24hr support line for LGBT-people in Nigeria.

We also continue to advise all LGBT-people to stay away from trouble, not pick unknown phone numbers and sign off gay dating websites.

Reverend Jide Macaulay, Founder and Project Director of House Of Rainbow Fellowship.

10 Comments

  • You are just an un repentant idiot, would you be alive today if your father was married to a fellow man or mother to another woman?.even if you adopt its still the union of a man n a woman that brought that child into existence.drop the fight losers…this the only positive thing nigeria have achieved from the reign of jonathan…thanks mr president let no 1 intimitate you….long live nigeria the straight nation

  • Gayisn is a threat to the continued existenceof the human race. Gays should own up as misnormers and give up their abnomal behaviours.what the anti gay law is saying is that gays dont have rigth to exist among us coz we dont have anything in common .And to the gay reverend. That there is nothing reverential about gayism.Finally i think a reverend after the order of jesus must have been called to liberate these awkard beings inthe jesus way and not otherwise.

  • Please I hate it when we use the state that “we’re not animals”….. I for once have never seen a gay animal so I say that the called animals are far more reasonable & GOD fearing than any human that chose to be gay & the worse of all is allowing the fools to adopt innocent kids they can’t reproduce.

  • How on this earth can you say LGBTI should be protected? I think for the first time Mr president has signed a reasonable bill, i belive those LGBTI are psyco patient, it is dificult to belive that a sane person could clam to be gay/lesbian. They should go into extinction. To hell with UN, America, & all the donor agencies in suport of these insane pple, we have seen enough of coruption, maladministration etc pls stop these LGBTI.

  • ‘Would Jesus Discriminate?’… That’s not the question to be asked. “Would Jesus practice Gayism?… Would Jesus Murder?… Would Jesus stand for what’s right and Holy?”.. Ask these questions Mr. ‘Rev’.. Read the story of sodom and gomorrah in the Holy Bible. Gayism has nothing to do with human rights it’s a choice @ perversion.If it’s so let the thieves, murderers, kidnappers n such walk freely on the road. After all they are human aren’t they and they have rights. Abi? Let Jesus cleanse you and may God help you all.

  • This bastard must not be given a breathing space in our land in order not to sodomise us, and his parent must be subjected to thorough investigation to assertain thier proper nationality and if need be, they should be expported back to US, UK and Europe a says:

    To you

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