The hashtag, #EndHomophobiaInNigeria has been trending on Twitter. This hashtag came up because of a recent killing of a gay Nigerian in the country.
The story revolves around two men who killed the man they had met on Facebook. The men allegedly lured the victim to a certain location and on arrival, robbed and killed him.
It has caused diverse comments on social media. The murder of this man reveals that the hate for gay people in Nigeria is real and that it can go as far as murder.
Amidst the several social media conversations, many facts have surfaced. Users also called out influencers for not lending their voice to the death of this gay man because they are homophobic.
See some reactions below:
A gay man was murdered in cold blood days ago in Nigeria and all the influenzas & celebrities who came out to trend IStandWithJussie have not said a single word because only gays abroad deserve human rights, isn’t it?#EndHomophobiaInNigeria
— RealityDidThis🌻🌈 (@SheCallsMePrada) March 11, 2020
I was brutally attacked and beaten for 2 straight hours one night by a group of boys on account of my effeminacy and perceived homosexuality.
Homophobia isn’t just a phobia.
It is an endemic hatred that seeks to destroy, to main, to kill.#EndHomophobiaInNigeria
— Precious Oraz (@Precious_Oraz) March 11, 2020
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On the other hand, a handful of people stated that Nigerians are hypocrites. They said that they condemn homos*xuals while ‘shielding rap*sts’.
Some of these tweets are below:
I won’t stop screaming this to anyone who cares to hear, stop the hate on gay men and women, they are humans too.
They are not cursed, they are not spiritually tormented.
— Baby (Ph.D) (@Royal_dadd) March 11, 2020
Nigeria kills innocent lgbt people while shielding and enabling rapists, murderers, and perpetrators of physical violence and abuse. #endhomophobiainNigeria
— rose okeke (@ThatRoGirl) March 10, 2020
Getting angry over what two consenting adults choose to do with their bodies simply bcos it goes against ur religion/culture is like getting angry over another person eating food while you’re fasting.
It simply doesn’t concern u.#EndHomophobiaInNigeria
— Adunni Achebe (@_Adadioramma) March 10, 2020
But will the government do anything to stop homophobic attacks in Nigeria, despite it being is a crime in the country?
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