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Nigerian online influencer condemns anti-LGBT violence

Nigerian online influencer condemns anti-LGBT violence

Many Nigerians say they oppose oppression but engage in it themselves.

Enioluwa Adeoluwa (Photo courtesy of Paper Magazine)
Enioluwa Adeoluwa (Photo courtesy of Paper Magazine)

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By NoStringsNG contributor

Popular Nigerian influencer, writer, and public speaker Enioluwa Adeoluwa, also known as Eni, has spoken out against homophobia and anti-LGBT violence.

This came as a reaction to a recently trending video that showed a cross-dresser being verbally and physically assaulted by a group of young men.

The award-winning influencer, visibly shocked by the incident, shared a post on his X account to raise awareness and educate others, particularly Nigerians, about the harmful effects of LGBTIQ-phobia.

In his response, Eni described the actions of the young men as “inhumane, unjust, and unkind.” He pointed out the hypocrisy of many Nigerians who oppose oppression yet engage in it themselves. He wrote:

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In recent times, Nigeria has faced harsh economic conditions, insecurity; human rights violations, and disregard for the rule of law. These issues are often blamed on the unjust and cruel use of power by politicians and their allies. Yet many Nigerians who complain about being oppressed can be oppressors themselves, especially toward LGBT people.

This disheartening but common occurrence is just one of many negative experiences faced by LGBT individuals in Nigeria, who frequently suffer from different forms of homophobia.

Due to anti-gay laws, LGBT people lack legal protection and remain at significant risk of discrimination and violence.

Beyond Eni’s guidance, it’s essential for everyone to value and respect the diversity inherent in humanity. It’s also important to remember that, under Nigerian law, assault is a criminal offense with a  penalty of up to four years in prison, regardless of the victim’s sexual orientation or social status.

Source: African Human Rights Media Network member NoStringsNG.

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