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Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar at a convention for the All Progressives Congress, Lagos, Nigeria, Dec. 10, 2014 (AP photo by Sunday Alamba).

As Election Nears, LGBT Nigerians’ Expectations Can’t Get Much Lower

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

Earlier this month, Oby Ezekwesili, a Nigerian activist, former Cabinet minister and 2019 presidential candidate, participated in an event at Chatham House titled “Next Generation Nigeria: How to Foster Inclusion, Social Justice and Opportunity for All.” The official announcement suggested it would be a pretty tame affair, but one brief exchange with a Nigerian audience member kept Ezekwesili’s name in the headlines for days afterward.

At one point during the event’s question-and-answer portion, Bisi Alimi, a prominent Nigerian LGBT activist who fled to the U.K. more than a decade ago because of threats to his safety, asked Ezekwesili for her views on LGBT rights. “Considering the fact that we’re talking about inclusion and social justice,” he said, “does that, in your program, include people like me who were driven out of the country to be a refugee in this country?” ...

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