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Wednesday, 11 March 2009

11th March 2009, Historical Event Shaping Nigeria

9AM

Today, 11th March 2009, the Same Gender Prohibition bill 2008, will be debated by the Public, in what is tagged as the most crucial, cintroversial and popular subject in the country, in the past few weeks both national and foreign media has showed great interest in the matter and there are many reasons for that. For many years Nigerian government and leading religious community leaders have denied the existence of LGBTI people in the nation, it was more serious on the 9th February 2009 after many months of media intrution, speculations and assaults on LGBT people and organisations that the Minister of Justice, Honorable Ojo Maduekwe stood up before the UN review committee and denied any existence of LGBT people in the nation, Now LGBT people, leaders and allies have arrived at the parliament in Abuja Nigeria and at the time of posting this note are seated in the Senate committee room 028 to defend the rights of the LGBT citizens, House Of Rainbow Metropolitan Community Church also have two representatives in the Senate, following the entire process. I will keep you posted.

4PM

The debate is now over and the overstretched LGBT delegates and allies are preparing for a press conference with the Media. Many LGBT leaders, Youth and allies stood up in the Parliament to make a case for the rejection of the Same Gender Prohibition Bill 2008, I was informed by our delegates that there were No Muslim or Northerners at the Hearing which is very odd, however there were loads of Anglican Clerics, all dressed for the occasion, this is indicative and evidential of the master minds behind this bill. 80% or more of the presentation were from defenders of LGBT rights, it is believed that more papers were lodged with the Clerk of the House that were not presented today. There are rumours that the bill will pass regardless, however, there has been a dramatic shift in the outlook of the Honorables of the House in their views of the matters of Human Rights especially the Women's Affairs Ministry, who now align their consideration with the Human Right Commission.


I commend the bravery of all who attended, and ask us not to lose sight of our goals, the battle is not over yet. What happens next?, the bill will now go through due process taking into consideration all the views presented today at the hearing, it will take some time before a response is made public. Leading Activists such as Leo Igwe, Director of the Nigerian Humanist Movement and Joseph Akoro, Director of TIP, were joined by new comers to activism such as William Rashidi of Queer Alliance Nigeria, House of Rainbow Metropolitan Community Church had two representatives in attendance and the MCC statement was presented eloquently by Barrister Lazarus Aule a defense counsel from Lawyers Alert. Changing Attitude was represented by three or more delegates and their statement was presented by Mr Patrick. The Nigerian and foreign media were present throughout the hearing. Full statements in the Public hearing to the House will be posted soon, watch this space.

Rev Rowland Jide Macaulay

5 comments:

Naijadude said...

Its just appaling LGBT are being denied their rights in Nigeria. Whats even more sickening is how the govt literally denied we do exist. Is that the country I call my own??

House Of Rainbow MCC said...

You are not alone Naija dude, whatever the government views are, we stand to show that with time and common sense they will hopefully begin to shift from their way of thinking, the debate today was not about attacking the government, its about calling for government and civil society to reason on matters of human rights and dignity for private citizens of the nation. For many years conservative religious groups have claimed they have control, on peoples privacy, this is not the case and it is intended to battle this out by reasoning and proving that human life and sexualities are diverse.

Leonardo Ricardo said...

The most dangerous and appaling is that Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria and his suck-em-ups actually believe phrases preached like "The Hooligan Children of LGBT" people and LGBT Christians are lower than animals...actually Pete Akinola is a very vicious old man who instigates harm against many people (no word, only a smurk from him, on the Massacre of Yelwa)...one wonders why this man who ought be a "instrument" for peace and leadership almost always opts for the insanity of power and selfrighteous thundermaking hate-fearmongering which HARMS humanity? Akinola has endorsed this legislation as valid while the world reels in disgust.

House Of Rainbow MCC said...

It is now beyond my imagination, every thing that Jesus stood for does not resonate in this man, the Archbishop Peter Akinola, last year and often made headline news for his riduculous statement, also when the headline of TELL magazine read with quote "We wont Succumb to Homosexuals" it is clear that he and his army of haters will go to any length and indeed every length to persuade government to turn away from the rule of law for their own selfishness, self motivated, narrow interpretation of scriptures and understanding of human liberty. As a religious person and a liberal Theologian, I am certain that Akinola's God is not the loving God of human creation and I am pleased to say that Akinola's God does not speak for many people, not even in the entire Christian movement.

Rev Rowland Jide Macaulay said...

News UPDATE on the Public Debate on Same Gender Read ThisDay http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=137926 and Daily Independent http://www.independentngonline.com/news/head/article01 and Punch http://www.punchng.com/Articl.aspx?theartic=Art20090312418240