(update) Is Nigeria a backwards nation?

January 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

(update)

I had to update because of the feedback I’ve gotten and what I see online.

Online, the first retort to criticisms of Nigeria’s anti-gay laws is all the same. “Don’t push Western ideals on Nigeria,” defenders of the law, mostly Christians, say. Fine. But you sound like Boko Haram whose full name literally translates into “Western education is sinful.” Both battle against supposed the Westernization of Nigeria to the point of violence.

Sure, Nigerians. Call it what you wish. For one, I and others are not pushing anything on anyone. Pushing involves force. Force is the tactic Boko Haram and the government you support use. Again, I don’t care if you disagree with homosexuality–that is irrelevant. What scares me is the advocation of the use of force against people and a lifestyle you disagree with. That doesn’t make you backwards per se but barbaric.

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Yes, and the new anti-gay laws take them further backwards

When one says something, someone or an idea is backwards, what does that mean? Well, lets look. “Behind others in progress or development,” according to FreeDictionary.  Undeveloped in a sense. For example, the N64 Nintendo is backwards because I can’t play Mario Kart with my friends in Florida. The system is behind modern video game systems.

Al-Jazeera reports on a new law in Nigeria, Same Sex Marriage Prohibition, criminalizing homosexual associations with up to 14 years in jail. President Goodluck Johnathon, in a hurry to start off the new year, signed it on the 7th of this month.

The story continues

A person who registers, operates or participates in gay clubs, societies or organizations, or directly or indirectly makes public show of same-sex amorous relationship in Nigeria commits an offense and is liable on conviction to a term of 10 years.

This is life in 2014. In the most populous and leading oil production African country where Boko Haram runs rampant and has killed over a thousand people since 2009, (17 yesterday), great majority of citizens live on less than $3 a day, horrific infrastructure, inflation at 12%, life expectancy is 52, the first thing on the President’s agenda for 2014 is to criminalize a victimless act of supporting homosexual associations.

I knew the Nigerian government and its citizens did not like liberty and freedom but not to this extent. It is sad the country my people descended from (I am first generation Nigeria; my parents and brother came to this country 28 years ago) are backwards.

It doesn’t matter if only 1% of Nigerians accept homosexuality; it doesn’t matter if supposed (cowardly) Christian pastors aren’t speaking out against this law; it doesn’t matter if homosexuality is a vice to the citizens; none of these things matter. What of the adulterers in the government? Or the thief-politicians (or did I repeat myself?)?

Yes I know about the HIV/AIDS there–but what about here?

 As the Yoruba say, “Go and sit down jare!”

Finally, no country should receive any foreign aid from any country–that is, no government should take from its citizens to distribute to a foreign country–but since criminalizing associations and expression is a violation of human rights according the US government and the UN standard, will foreign aid be pulled?

My guess is a definite no.

Make no mistake about–Nigeria is indeed a backwards nation.

I invite you to join the conversation and subscribe to Minds Alike, e-mail me at BabAdetiba@gmail.com then tweet me @BabAdetiba.

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