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Laws against gay sex

Homosexual acts are outlawed in the Nigerian penal code and in Muslim law. In the dozen northern states under Islamic Sharia law male to male sex is punishable by death by stoning[1]. As of March 2006, press reports say that more than a dozen people have been sentenced to death by stoning since 2000, but the sentences had not been carried out[1]. In the civil penal code, it can carry up to a 14-year prison sentence[2].

Protection based on sexual orientation

There is no protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation. Sexual orientation refers to the direction of an individuals sexuality, normally conceived of as falling into several significant categories based around the sex or gender that the individual finds attractive. ...

Removal of Investments in Nigeria

As a result of this there is a concerted campaign for all LGBT investments inside Nigeria to be removed.

Recognition of same-sex couples

On January 18, 2007 the Federal Executive Council approved a law prohibiting same sex marriages and sent it to the National assembly for urgent action. According to the Minister of Justice, Chief Bayo Ojo, the law was pushed by President Olusegun Obasanjo following demonstrations for same sex marriage during the international conference on HIV/AIDS (ICASA) in 2005. [3]. Matthew Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo, GCFR[1] (IPA: /ɒˈluʃɛguːŋ ɒbˈæsændʒo/[2]) (born circa March 5, 1937) is a retired Nigerian Army General and President of Nigeria. ...

The proposed bill calls for five years imprisonment for anyone who undergoes, "performs, witnesses, aids, or abets" a same-sex marriage. It would also prohibit any display of a "same-sex amorous relationship" and adoption of children by gays or lesbians[4]. The bill is expected to receive little or no opposition in Parliament. The same-sex marriage ban would make Nigeria the second country in Africa to criminalize such unions. In 2005, the Ugandan constitution was amended to ban same-sex marriage [1].

The same bill would also call for five years imprisonment for involvement in public advocacy or associations supporting the rights of lesbian and gay people[1]. Included in the bill is a proposal to ban any form of relationship with a gay person. The intent of the bill is to ban anything remotely associated with being 'gay' or just gay in the country.

In February 2006, the United States State Department condemned the proposal[1]. In March 2006, 16 international human rights groups signed a letter condemning the bill, calling it a violation of the freedoms of expression, association and assembly guaranteed by international law as well as by the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights and a barrier to the struggle against the spread of AIDS[1]. Some sources claim that Nigeria has the world's third-highest population of persons with AIDS: 3.6 million Nigerians are infected with HIV[5]. ... Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS or Aids) is a collection of symptoms and infections resulting from the specific damage to the immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). ...

LGBT life in Nigeria

Public hostility to homosexual relations is widespread in Nigeria, a largely conservative country of more than 130 million people, split between a mainly Muslim north and a largely Christian south[5].


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Nigeria To Criminalize Gay Marriage & LGBT Meetings", 365Gay.com, January 19, 2006. URL accessed on March 26, 2006.
  2. ^ "Nigeria", Sodomy Laws. URL accessed on March 26, 2006,
  3. ^ "Nigeria bans same sex relationships... threatens severe sanctions" NigeriaDirect, Press Release January 19, 2007, URL accessed on March 28, 2007)]
  4. ^ "Nigeria: Obasanjo Must Withdraw Bill to Criminalize Gay Rights", Reuters AlertNet. March 23, 2006. URL accessed on March 26, 2006
  5. ^ a b Heidi Vogt, "Nigeria must withdraw anti-gay bill", Independent Online. March 24, 2006. URL accessed on March 26, 2006,


  • Gay People's Chronicle, 12/15/2006, Vol. 22 Issue 24, p5-5
  • Murray, Rachel, Dr. Towards Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation: The Normative Basis and Procedural Possibilities before the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and the African Union. Human Rights Quarterly - Volume 29, Number 1, February 2007



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