It’s time to re-visit laws against minority groups: Nigerian presidential aspirant says
Nigerian 2023 presidential aspirant Dorathy Aken’ova, has spoken about the need for Nigeria to re-visit discriminatory laws against marginalized communities.
By Mike Daemon
Dorathy Aken’ova is a Nigerian feminist and activist with decades of commitment working towards protecting and advancing the rights of vulnerable and marginalized communities in Nigeria.
On a new episode of the Nostrings Podcast hosted by Mike Daemon, the activist spoke candidly about her political aspirations, her work, and also about what needs to be done to ensure the human rights and protection of all minority groups.
In the history of Nigeria, this is the first time a Nigerian with a political interest let alone a presidential aspirant is speaking openly about Nigeria’s double standards towards marginalized communities, especially towards its LGBT population.
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On the podcast, she said: “I believe that we are all born equal in rights and dignity, nothing will ever change that principle. It’s a principle, it’s a value, a core value, now our constitution, you know we now have laws that are anti-discrimination. This is time for Nigerians to begin to revisit those laws. We are a signatory as a Nation to conventions and treaties on human rights mostly with no reservations as far as I remember”.
The podcast conversation also explored various human rights issues such as gender equality and equal access to justice and law reforms.
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No, it is not time to review the hatefull and discriminatory anti-gay laws, it is high time to ABOLISH these colonial laws!
No Nigerian citizen should be subjected to laws and regulations that are both stemming from an colonial era or are based on exclusion and discrimination and hatred!
No one werever in the world should be subjected to laws that deny him or her the right to enjoy the same, equal rights and privileges that others enjoy!
INEQUALITY, DISCRIMINATION, EXCLUSION based on who one loves are WRONG, UTTERLY WRONG!
Such laws MUST be abolished, not reviewed!