A Nigerian pastor has been stripped naked by homophobes and subjected to online abuse because of his sexual orientation.
Blackmail, extortion, “jungle justice,” public disgrace and humiliation are some of the experiences of gay people in Nigeria. Even though these are all crimes, perpetrators often enjoy impunity. The innocent victims are ridiculed and their rights abused because some people believe that homosexuals deserve to be punished for who they are.
A pastor (name withheld) from the Aguata Local Government Area in Nigeria’s Anambra State is the latest victim of jungle justice in Anambra State, because of his sexual orientation.
The specific date and time of the incident have not yet been confirmed, but the Nigerian LGBT rights website NoStringsNG has reason to believe that the video was recorded recently.
According to the conversations in the video, it appears that the pastor was outed by a member of his church.
He was stripped naked and made to sit on the floor by a group of men who were interrogating him about his sexual orientation. He acknowledged to them that he is gay and that members of his church were unaware of his sexual orientation.
A few seconds later, the group of men threw him a pack of condoms and asked what he uses it for. He acknowledged that he uses them during sexual intercourse with men.
The ignorant homophobes who decided to take the law into their own hands showed the pastor no mercy. They kept slapping and abusing him and accused him of being a ritualist.
This article includes no link to the video in order to avoid further humiliation for the victim. We have obscured the pastor’s face and genitals in the screenshots above.
We repeat here last year’s appeal for an end to such videos, issued by the Rev. Jide Macaulay, a Nigeria-born LGBTQ rights activist currently living in London:
The Nigerian LGBTQ community are living daily in despair. These sad occurrences are becoming more prevalent and more boldly the attackers are recording and posting this on social media. This is a bid to send terror into the community.
Jungle justice not only affects the LGBTQ community but is often used when there is no accountability for law and order. …
These incidents are crimes. Police and those who attack LGBTQ people feel justified in doing this, especially following the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Law and many oppressive religious messages that urge people wipe out gays.
Needless to say, this is clearly a breach of human rights. The government of Nigeria need to do more to preserve human rights and the dignity of its LGBTQ citizens. …
Sadly, a majority of the victims in Nigeria do not wish to press charges, since they then could face public persecution. The terror against LGBTQ persons is unbelievable. Sadly there are no safe places or safe houses in Nigeria.
Macaulay’s LGBTQ-friendly church, the House of Rainbow, previously supported a safe house in Nigeria, but that location was closed because of a funding shortage.
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- Nigerian’s Bible research leads to anti-gay death threat (July 2017, 76crimes.com)
- Petition: Stop Nigerian comedian from promoting hate crimes against gays (January 2017, 76crimes.com)
- 152 violations of LGBTQI Nigerians’ human rights in 2016 (January 2017, 76crimes.com)
- 3 of every 4 LGBT Nigerians have been abused, survey says (January 2017, 76crimes.com)
- Nigerian LGBT website fights blackmail (November 2016, 76crimes.com)
- Nigeria: Man kidnapped by blackmailers who claim he’s gay (July 2016, NoStringsNG)
- Nigerian police extort money from man they claim is gay (June 2016, NoStringsNG)
- Nigerian mob demands death for gay prisoners (January 2014, 76crimes.com)