March 10, 2014 at 5:49 pm EDT | by Damien Salas
Protest at Nigerian embassy
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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

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  • chika

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

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