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Is Nigeria Next? US Cuts Aid to Uganda over Anti-Gay Law

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President Barack Obama was very vocal when President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda in February 2014, signed a bill into law imposing harsh conditions on homosexual acts.

Obama called it a “step backwards”. Museveni later responded with a statement that he is continuing with the law, but hopes it won’t affect the relationship with both continues.

Unfortunately it has.

The United States has cut aid to Uganda, and cancelled sponsored military exercise. According to Aljazeera, a White House statement on Thursday said the move was intended to “reinforce” support for human rights for Ugandans regardless of sexual orientation

It is now being reported that western donors including the US had halted or re-directed about $118 million in aid to Uganda before the announcement on Thursday.

Money allocated for projects in the east African country, will be reallocated to other African countries. The US would also impose visa restrictions on Ugandans it believes have been involved in the violation of human rights.As you also know, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan also signed into law a bill sentencing any man or woman caught in any homosexual act to 14 years in jail.

Could our country be next? Will the Federal Government bend the laws to continue to get aid?

21 Comments

  1. GAY

    June 20, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Good!
    They should extend it to Nigeria until GEJ realizes the essence of human rights.

  2. Uche

    June 20, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Mr/Miss *GAY* -! shut your – bursted mouth up! GEJ pls do not go back on gay laws before more calamities will befall Nig like Sodom and Gomorrah!!!

    • GAY

      June 20, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      U could have made your point without insulting me, it is unnecessary. Enjoy your day.

    • slice

      June 20, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      Contrary to what many preachers teach, the destruction was not about being gay. At least that’s nt what the bible says in the old statement. Ezekiel isaiah and jeremiah all talk abt the fact that those cities were proud, ignored the needy and poor and did not provide justice. And since we already do all these…….

    • Bleed Blue

      June 20, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Tell ’em slice! Please shout it from the rooftops! Your understanding of S&G is the same as mine.

      People are so quick to judge a “sin” because it’s different from theirs.

      Plus it beats me how the government can be very swift and efficient in making and enforcing laws against homosexuality but to probe Diezani, everything turns into slow motion.

  3. Anna

    June 20, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Hate to break it to you Uche but calamity is already befalling Nigeria at the moment.

  4. trendycubicle.com

    June 20, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    @ Uche, you’re right. May this contry not end up like Sodom n Gomorrah: nigeria has enough issues to deal with right now.

  5. Tiki

    June 20, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Yes please! Let Nigeria be next! People who spend more time worrying about who is sleeping with who than they do who is stealing from who don’t need ‘aid’…

  6. obinna

    June 20, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Please sodom and Gomorrah is a city of angels compared to Nigerian. The Americas can sanction Nigeria but at the end of the day it is the common man that will suffer the full effects of the sanctions. Our law makers will continue to be untouchable and above the law including homo law. So please lead your self out of darkness and ignorance and fight for justice.

  7. Ore

    June 20, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I have not supported the west giving aid to African Countries in a long time. Simply because the money doesn’t get to the right people. The leaders take everything. The truth is many African countries do not need the aid, Nigeria, certainly doesn’t.

    In addition, including a condition to money you’re donating is no longer aid. You can’t give me money and place conditions on it. You’re either giving me or you’re not. I don’t blame the West anyway, I blame Africans. Instead of sorting out our issues, we are worsening them which will warrant insults like this from the Western world.

    I want Nigeria to be next. Let’s see where these thieves we have for leaders will steal money from.

    • ada1

      June 20, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      thank you very plenty oo! ideally, we dont need their aid! if only we had God-fearing leaders in Africa…

  8. Libgirl

    June 20, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Why does Nigeria need aid from any country?

    • alviscali

      June 21, 2014 at 8:03 am

      very stupid question……unless that was meant to be a joke….a bad one at that

  9. BS UTTER BS

    June 20, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Only reason they are cutting them out is because UGANDA has nothing to offer the USA! other Middle Eastern countries with ALOT OF OIL. who have anti-gay laws haven’t had aid cut off or business extensions cut off. WHY? because They have oil lots of it. Without oil America will not function. Thats why when crisis happen like in Iraq the USA sends soldiers. American govt isn’t stupid. Way smarter than anyone expects them too.

  10. Jojo

    June 20, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Why this false debate? Nigeria is not getting aid for US or any other country. that is why is tis a difficult country to deal with.

    • Iris

      June 20, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      Actually Nigeria gets a lot of aid from the US. The fact that you don’t know may be a testament to how the money “knows how to miss.” To people running their mouth about their morals and Sodom and Gomorrah to cover up the fact that you want to poke your nose into other people’s sex lives, feel free. Just know that no one can call on western countries for help with anything from “bring back our girls” to aid relief. @Ore you are right. Aid tied to conditions is not aid, but “aid” as we know it is fast going out of fashion (for Africa anyway), if it was ever unconditional sef. Now they are moving towards “trade” (whatever that means). This is the reality people. Deal with it however you want. Just know you can’t eat your cake and have it. That being said, they may not cut aid. As far as I know our oil (and our stupidity where it concerns just dashing out our stuff for peanuts and bribes) has not dried up yet. However, if they do cut aid I don’t think it will make a difference in terms of corruption. These “leaders” will just find more inventive ways to steal from the little we have and send us down to the level where we may actually envy the Sodom and Gomorrah y’all are so scared of.

    • Kina

      June 20, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      Right on the money!

  11. Ani

    June 20, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I don’t support him bending any law. It is what the country wants. The American govt should not arm twist us into accepting what we are totally against. If the president Jonathan changes the bill, he should be ready to face the consequences from his own people. America should leave people alone to make their own laws please.

    • Iris

      June 20, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      LOL but they aren’t disturbing anyone’s laws. They are simply taking their money back. If countries don’t like America’s interference, maybe it’s time to start holding their governments financially accountable so that we can continue persecuting gay people but still have the money to ensure adequate economic development for all and human rights for straight people.

  12. Debola

    June 20, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    I remembered when the law was signed in Nigeria n the U.S said they were gonna withdraw there aid, many Nigerians where like ‘they shld go, we don’t need them’, but when the issue of the chibok girls came into place, we where begging that they shld come and help. Well, my point, we as Nigerians don’t deserve their aids but we need it,the pple that will suffer is the poor Nigerians.

  13. Author Unknown

    June 21, 2014 at 1:47 am

    Well done President Obama.

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