NIAMEY, NIGER — (12-29-22) — A group of Nigerian lawmakers have introduced a motion seeking to criminalize Gay relationships in the country. The majority of Niger’s population is Muslim but it has a secular government. Currently there are no specific laws on same-sex relationships and its right wing conservatives want to introduce a new law criminalize same-sex relationships.
The Niger MPs claim that “Same-sex relationships are against their religious and cultural beliefs of the people.”
The motion introduced by Speaker of Parliament, Nana Djibou Harouna, said during her press conference that the motion was meant to protect the “rights and interest of the public”.
Mrs. Harouna described homosexuality as a “problem affecting our society”.
Harouna further said that the proposal put forth had been met with overwhelming support from Nigerien people, as well as nearly all MPs serving in the government.
Harouna knows that Niger is politically tied to Pro-LGBT France, so they are sure to receive pushback behind the scenes and publicly from their erstwhile colonial masters to rescind the bill, but Harouna says the people of Niger do not support the LGBTQ community.
No date has been scheduled on the anti-LGBTQ motion introduced by Harouna. We will continue to follow this story and bring you developments as they arise.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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