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Nigeria Scapegoat Law Advances

Changing Attitude Nigeria
13 February 2007

Urgent appeal to the Primates of the Anglican Communion

Dear Archbishops,

The bill to ban same sex-relationships has been dormant for some time in the
Nigerian House of Representatives. Due to recent pressure from Nigerian LGBT
Rights Organizations and other international defenders of LGBT Human Rights,
the bill is going to be debated again tomorrow, 14 February, by the Nigerian
law makers. This news arrived as Davis Mac-Iyalla, Director of Changing
Attitude Nigeria, arrived in Dar Es Salaam to try and meet Archbishop Peter
Akinola and other Primates to show the commitment of LGBT Nigerian Anglicans
to their church.

If this bill is not stopped now it will make most lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender people illegal in their own country. With their families and
friends and anyone they associate with, they will be immediately criminalized.
Those arrested under the provision of the law will face a jail sentence of
between 5 and 14 years. Some will be forced into exile by this repressive
legislation. Any bishop or priest who befriends, baptises, confirms or
welcomes an LGBT person into their church will also be guilty of a criminal
offence.

The Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Archbishop Peter
Akinola is at the moment in Tanzania meeting with the other Primates. He is a
strong supporter of this bill which threatens the lives and security of tens
of thousands of LGBT people in Nigeria.

We are appealing to the Primates in the name of God to add your voices to
others who have been calling on the Nigerian Government to stop progress on
this bill and withdraw it immediately. The bill will make it impossible for
the Anglican Communion to engage in the listening process in Nigeria to which
you, the Primates, have committed yourselves in Lambeth resolution 1.10 and
the Windsor report. It discriminates against LGBT people. It criminalizes a
group which the church claims to love and should in Christian charity be
determined to protect from abuse and persecution.

Although the bill has not yet been passed into law, yet it has been
implemented by many groups and individuals in Nigerian society. Davis
Mac-Iyalla, the director of CAN, has himself received telephone calls and emails
threatening to end his life and bathe him with acid. This is but just one
example of the many threats LGBT people are facing in Nigeria as a result of
the proposed bill, threats reported by members of CAN in their diocesan
groups.

Issued on behalf of Changing Attitude Nigeria
Davis Mac-Iyalla, Director
White Sands Hotel, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

One Response

  1. I have complete documentation of Davis Mac-Iyalla’s death threats, and his persecution by the Church of Nigeria is documented on changingattitude.org.uk.

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