March 10, 2014 | by Damien Salas
Protest at Nigerian embassy
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(Washington Blade photo by Damien Salas)

A group of activists gathered outside of the Nigerian embassy on Friday to protest anti-gay laws in the African country and to condemn the leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Babakekere, a gay Nigerian man attending the protest, fled to the U.S. in December of 2012 from Africa. Fearing for his safety, Babakekere uses a pseudonym to protect his identity.

“I moved here because of the discrimination towards LGBT citizens,” said Babakekere, “and I am trying now to claim asylum.”

Sentamu Kiremerwa, originally from Uganda but now a U.S. resident of 14 years, led the group in chants, and spoke out against the leadership of Nigeria and Uganda in a personal speech. “Homophobia is not what African culture is about,” said Kiremerwa, “African culture is about love, acceptance, and family.”

Nigeria, Nigerian embassy, protest, gay news, Washington Blade

(Washington Blade photo by Damien Salas)

5 Comments
  • AFRICAN COUNTRIES HAVE LOTS OF IMPORTANT THINGS/NEEDS TO THINK & TAKE CARE OF AND NOT HOMOPHOBIA. I ADVICE THAT AMERICA SHOULD INVITE ALL GAYS IN AFRICA AND GIVE THEM ASYLUM OR RESIDENT-PERMIT OR AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP BECAUSE THERE IS NO ROOM FOR THEM IN AFRICAN SOIL.WE AFRICANS WANT TO SERVE THE TRUE GOD THE CREATOR AND THAT IS WHAT WE ARE DOING. WE MUST ABIDE BY THE COMMANDMENTS OF THAT GOD OF WHICH MAN SHALL NOT SEXUAL DEALINGS WITH MAN IS ONE OF THEM. THIS IS AN ABOMINATION AND IT POLLUTES THE LAND. AMERICANS AND CO. EXPORTED THIS EVIL TO AFRICA DURING COLONIZATION BUT NOW THEY HAVE TO TAKE IT BACK.

  • AFRICANS ARE RELIGIOUS IN NATURE AND INCIDENTLY THE ADVERSE MAJORITY OF THE ADHERENTS OF ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY CONDEMN AND ABHOR HOMOSEXUALITY AND LESBIANISM. IT IS TOTALLY ALIEN TO OUR CULTURE FOR A MAN TO LUST FOR A MAN AND WOMAN TO LUST FOR WOMAN AND MORE SO SINCE DEMOCRACY AS THE SAYING GOES THE MAJORITY HAVE THEIR WAY AND THESE DIFFERENT 'CREATURES' {HOMOSEXUALS AND LESBIANS} ARE MINORITY THEY SHOULD EITHER CONFORM TO RULES BEING MADE AGAINST THEM IN THEIR RESPECTIVE COUNTRIES OR LEAVE THEIR COUNTRY AND GO AND STAY WITH THEIR COHORT.

  • Any person seeking asylum because of the anti gay laws implemented in Nigeria is just an opportunist and wants just to capitalize on it to have access to United States citizenship or the passport or the green card.The individual should be well examined and investigated how he came into the U.S.

  • May God punish both the American's and the African's who thinks they can convert African continent into gay region, you guy's don't even be ashamed of what you are demanding. IF GAY IS WELCOMED BY THE AMERICAN'S WE DON'T WELCOME IT SO ALL THE GAYS SHOULD BETTER PLAN ON HOW TO LEAVE THE CONTINENT AND GO TO WHERE THEY ARE NEEDED BUT MUST NOT ALSO FORGET THAT, THERE IS A REWARD FOR EVERY WORK.

  • Nigeria will NEVER be a haven for gays…what, Is it by force…? To hell with the gay propaganda.

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