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Senate Rejects Gender and Equal Opportunity Bill at Second Reading | Nigerian Twitter Reacts in Outrage

Adesola Ade-Unuigbe

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A Bill aimed at elimination of discrimination against women has been turned down for a second reading at the Nigerian Senate today.

This was made known via the Nigerian Senate official Twitter account and the issue has caused quite a reaction from Nigerians on Twitter who feel that the Bill was long overdue.

The Gender and Equal Opportunity Bill was aimed at promoting equality, development and advancement of all persons in Nigeria as well as promoting women’s freedom of movement, female economic activity and girls’ access to education.

One Senator who was very vocal about the fact that Nigeria needs the Bill was Senator Biodun Christine Olujimi from Ekiti South Senatorial District.

She pointed out concerns on equal rights for women in marriage, divorce, property/land ownership and inheritance. She also explained how the Bill seeks adoption of special temporary measures to eliminate discrimination and ensure equal opportunities for majority of Nigerians. The Bill also seeks appropriate measures against gender discrimination in political and public life and prohibitions of violence to women.

Senator Bala Na’Allah also spoke for the Bill. He said that discrimination is a worldwide issue and that there is a need for adequate measures. Senator Na’Allah also spoke about the need to protect the widowhood and inheritance rights of women.

Other Senators who supported the Bill include Senator Ekweremadu, Senator Ndume, Senator Raji-Rasaki and Senator Garba.

Speaking against the Bill, among others, were:

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The Senate put the Bill to a vote and sadly the Nays had it.

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Twitter has since exploded with a lot of angry tweets from Nigerians as they can’t understand how such a fundamental Bill will be turned down. The word “Senate” is also trending right now.

See some tweets from Nigerians below.

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109 Comments

  1. Tunmi

    March 15, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Okay, Nigerians are paying attention.

    • Damilola

      March 15, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      Where is the bill for any official who steals government money to spend on their personal lives lavishly should be prosecuted, pay fine, return money and jailed. To fight corruption, major issues in Nigeria starts from changing the laws.
      Bill that will set the ground rules for rapists, kidnappers, etc
      In waiting for the senate to discuss bills like that.

  2. Jenny

    March 15, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    I’m sorry but I dont understand. what was the bill supposed to do and contribute to us please can someone enlighten me without insulting me? thanks 🙂

    • Nnamdi

      March 15, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      Basically the bill is to make it a law for women and male to be treated and payed equally at work and etc.

    • mz titilitious

      March 15, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      But Wait oh isn’t it happening already? We dnt need d bill jare

    • Debbie

      March 15, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      According to the Women Affairs site, the bill seeks to eliminate all forms of discrimination on the basis of sex and gender in private and public spaces, affirms women’s rights to equal opportunities to realize their full potential and provide protection for their bodily integrity and human dignity.

      You can check womenaffairs.gov.ng for more details

    • Nahum

      March 15, 2016 at 3:33 pm

      The bill also protects women in case of divorce. For example, you hubby’s people can not just kick you out and steal your kids. It’s a very important bill. We must no the names of those who voted against it!!!!

    • WeeFree

      March 15, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      Chai !!! The Senator will use you as an excuse to consign women to the kitchen, Gender Equality and Opportunity Bill, enough said.

    • Kadara

      March 15, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      Do you know that up till this day in many parts of Nigeia a woman is not allowed to inherit property from her father like her male siblings? I heard as a married woman in order to get a passport you must get letter of consent or a signature from your husband but no man is required to do such. Can you imagine that as an adult you need the consent in order to travel when you are not a child. Up till today many landlords will not rent home to single women! When women go to report domestic abuse in the police station they are told it’s a domestic matter so they should go back home and behave! These are some of the many ways in which women face discrimination day in day out in Nigeria.

      Where are our female celebs to speak up against this. If it’s an incidence happening in Paris we will see them , hiss

    • Wazobia

      March 15, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      Welcome to Naija.

    • BabyDee

      March 15, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      @Mz Titilicious, olodo ni eh oo, olodo gba

  3. Michael

    March 15, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Nigeria must have the dumbest leaders on earth. I can’t deal I swear. You know the country is doomed when a senator takes the floor to say stuff like Nigerian men should patronise made in Nigerian women and another Numbskull senator recently speaking in favour of polygamy. How dull can these guys be? And you wonder why this country has been in a rot since nineteen kiridim with these lot as ‘leaders’. I’m a man and any right thinking man should join ourwonderful Nigerian sisters in fighting these hogwash naysayers that voted against the passing of this bill. Bastards.

    • eyong

      March 15, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      But… But… But… Would you guys have been so outrage if it was for gay rights? I don’t think so. Oh well, I’m not vexing at all, o. If your government can deny gay people the right to live peacefully, then why grant it to women? Equality means EQUALITY amongst all people. Not just the ones you feel “deserve” the equality. So, me, I’m not vexing at all. Maybe now it would give us Africans a perspective of how it feels for those who are forced to hide their nature for fear of discrimination.

      And for the “you must be gay” comments coming my way. No, thank you. But it won’t stop me from fighting for human rights. ???

    • Cindy

      March 15, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      Please do us all a favor and shut up. This is not the time nor the place ??

    • Truth

      March 15, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      I wish I can like this comment one million times. People only see inequality when it affects them. While the rejection of this bill is atrocious, I find it hard to pity my countrymen cause they only care about what affects them.

    • Marc Francis of Chelsea

      March 15, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      ‘My dear, I am gay and I came here to echo your exact sentiments. I heard no yells for equality the anti-gay bill passed at first reading unopposed. They are now using THE SAME BIBLE to tell you ladies that, no, you are NOT equal to men and do not deserve equality. This is not your drunk sexist uncle an Abatete, this is your SENATE.

      I leave you with this quote by Martin Niemöller.

      First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out
      Because I was not a Socialist.

      Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out
      Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

      Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out
      Because I was not a Jew.

      Then they came for me…and there was no one left to speak for me.

    • Madam Ye

      March 15, 2016 at 5:33 pm

      I applaud you for that statement I was just thinking the same thing as I was reading through the article.

      At the end of the day whether we want to accept it or not. ‘All Lives Matter’…. Gay Straight, Male or Female etc…And if our ‘Government’ cannot even grasp the importance of that, I honestly am not surprised that it was a Nay vote that was cast.

    • tunmi

      March 15, 2016 at 5:49 pm

      I’m with you @eyong. When you have laws outrightly discriminating against one section of the population, it’s coming around. Shebi the cane they used to beat the elder wife is waiting for the younger one, abi how dem talk am?

    • BlueEyed

      March 15, 2016 at 8:45 pm

      @eyong, I was in complete outrage at the position of the senate on this issue, until I read your comment. Thank you for this perspective, infact you just poured Ice water on my rage and i am in complete accordance of this action by the senate, infact a very well orchestrated move in my opinion, we can’t have selective EQUALITY, when we already have laws that discriminate a particular sect…now that the issue is close to home and pinches us, a better understanding on the true meaning of EQUALITY will be helpful to the Nigerian people.

    • kele

      March 16, 2016 at 11:38 am

      I am a woman and even though I feel very strongly about the bill that was voted out, I cant deny that you have spoken some hard truths.

    • Barrister

      March 16, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      eyong, the proud Cameroonian,who is quick to say negative things about Nigeria and Nigerians,yet he is always on our websites. Pls, use this energy to get your President who has been in power since 1900 out. All these Senators that are for the bill are indirectly against it except the women.

    • eyong

      March 16, 2016 at 5:56 pm

      @barrister How many Cameroonian websites do you visit? Lol, how do you know I’m not on them either? But, either way, atleast you’ve taken your sweet time to know me… who are you???

      @Cindy… so to you now you’ve said a sensible something, right? So, in that head of yours you really think that there’s an ‘appropriate’ time to reject injustice on tax paying citizens in their own country… Don’t be foolish my friend.

  4. Nnenna

    March 15, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    That one had the guts to bring the bible into it.. Appalling. Nigerians. Oga common sense wasn’t at this sitting?? because I don’t see his name amongst those that spoke in support of the bill. These nay sayers need to be flogged

  5. fred

    March 15, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    You people want to introduce the same thing that destroyed the marriage institution in America to Nigeria. Thank you senators for rejecting it. Its unafrican. If you don’t like it, relocate to America or Europe. We don’t want such nonsense here. Is it everything you see in the western world that you bring here? Man is the head of the woman…period. God says it in His word in 1 Corinthians 11:3. Its only a beast that has no head.

    • Italian Princess

      March 15, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      Fred, the Bible is an unAfrican document. I don’t understand how you will quote it in defence of a stance of ‘Africanism’ as a basis for gender discrimination. Please confirm what side of the argument you want to take.

    • hezekina pollutina

      March 15, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      We are not your ribs. You will get over it.

    • fred

      March 15, 2016 at 7:31 pm

      Not based on what you say, God said so. Your opinion is irrelevant.

    • Thatgidigirl

      March 15, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      @ Fred you sound like a good candidate for Nigerian senate,you would fit into the daft bunch very well.

    • idomagirl

      March 15, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      The irony of people like you saying something is unAfrican then quoting the Bible.
      Did Christianity & the Bible originate in Africa? Were your forefathers Christians?
      Does the Bible say anything about African customs & traditions? The same traditions & culture that the missionaries told us were evil & barbaric and we discarded for Christian doctrine?

      The people that brought Christianity to us are not even as brainwashed as we are by it, na wa.

      So many of us know nothing of our history, half of what is being championed as “African culture” was imposed on us by the White man.
      But please carry on.

    • Nnenna

      March 15, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      “The man is the head of a woman… it’s unafrican” This is a weak argument. Do you even know what the bill is about??? Protecting the interests and rights of females… the girl child, widows, working females. And all it is to you is about the institution of marriage. If that’s all it means to you then Fred you are a weak man. Tueh. This bill was to stop discrimination and ensure equal opportunities for majority of us, to stop violence against women and you called it nonsense. I bu anu mpama sir.

    • fred

      March 15, 2016 at 7:30 pm

      That bill will never be passed. Its a ploy to introduce trash into the Nigerian society. These ones? The ones that have the opportunity to go to the US turn into animals and become disrespectful.to their husbands and want to destroy their lives. Imagine bringing such laws back home here. God forbid. Like i said, if you want equality, go abroad. The man is the head of the woman and should be totally submissive to him in all things. If you don’t accept, the entire bible should also not apply to you.

    • Nahum

      March 15, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      Olodo Fred, like it was mentioned above, the bible is “unafrican” as well. Why don’t we give up Christianity and go back to worshipping Sango and Amadioha for a true African experience? Abi? If you call yourself a Christian, then you should support this bill because Jesus Christ empowered women. He loved and looked out for women. Read your bible well.

    • CommonSenseFasholaSupporter

      March 15, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      I wish I knew your mother. And I also wish I was there when you typed that excuse of a comment. You simply are one of the factors making your community be stagnant. Technically, you’re the definition of ‘You’re being chased by the forces of your family home back in your village’. Get your bloody face and fingers off the internet and get your YunusaYellow-mind educated you bigot.

    • Kaybee

      March 15, 2016 at 4:17 pm

      @fred..
      Since the marriage institution in Nigeria is oh so wonderful for you, you don’t want to support a bill to encourage women who are being oppressed having a voice. Not everyone believes in your Bible and so not everyone subscribes to the view that a man is the head of every woman. FYI, if you treat your woman properly, you have nothing to fear.
      To the more enlightened Nigerians…..Elections have consequences. The rule of law is becoming more important as Nigeria joins the global stage. The health of a nation is determined by how it treats the least important members. Women need to speak up and enforce laws against rape, marital/domestic violence, widowhood practices, genital mutilation etc. These things are relics of our past and should be relegated as such. We no longer throw twins away into the evil forest. We need to join the 21st century. If a marriage isn’t working out, both parties should have a right to walk away amicably. We need to let go of ancient beliefs that are holding us down

    • Ada Nnewi

      March 15, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      From your comment, it’s obvious that you are a ;lazy individual who is threatened by women and their contributions so you heavily rely on your different reproductive organ to “confer” some sense of “misplaced superiority on your over inflated ego in this ridiculously backward country… if you like repeat your comment under avatars like Ame Roberts and any other foolish alias you can think off…You will still be a baboon

    • fred

      March 16, 2016 at 9:06 am

      My dear i work very hard and am very sure i can feed your entire family. All the same your mum and your dad aint equal. That bill will never be passed. Relocate if you want.

    • BabyDee

      March 15, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      Ehhhnn but why are people so dense like this!! What does the Gender Equality Bill have to do with you not being the head of your home? Are you that afraid of your own inabilities as a man?
      Another olodo that must not go anywhere near leadership in naija.
      The jeans you are wearing, where did it come from? Not from the West? Why aren’t you wearing banana leaves upandan, & riding camels instead of cars.
      Mchewwwwwww

    • noni

      March 15, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      Fred, The same bible you quote Instructs husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the church and gave his life for it. Ephesians 5:25-33. That is the scripture reference , please read it , If you want to refer to scripture , I advise that you rightly divide the Word and present a more informed argument. Above all God is love and he is a God of fairness…

    • Engoz

      March 15, 2016 at 8:05 pm

      As if Nigerian men have not used their penises to destroy the marriage institution in Nigeria. Idiots! These people really think we are stupid. Hiding under the premise of ‘destroying marriage’ whereas all these noise is as a result of the issue of equality being a dent to your egos. Oh boy welcome to the 21st century. If you are heavily concerned about the marriage institution and afraid of divorce, you know what to do, love your wife as Jesus loves the church, and keep your penis for your wife alone. And you won’t have problems in marriage.

    • Someonewithactualsense

      March 15, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      So essentially men are beasts since they have no head??? And don’t even say God is their head because if that is the case then women don’t need the men to be their head as a mediator, God is also their head. And pls don’t even drag God into this. The bible says a man is the head of HIS home and not the head of every woman on the streets.

    • Teju TJ

      March 15, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      If only we could go back to when your parents where conceiving you, we would have given them a condom. You are an apology to the world.

    • MIA

      March 16, 2016 at 8:50 am

      Well they(White people) introduced God to you so maybe you should get rid of that as well.

  6. Mfonobong

    March 15, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Seriously,
    A wish Nigerians wud get to knw dos SENATORS who voted for a ‘Nay’ in de bill.
    Quite Pathetic…!
    Arrrrrrrrrrrgh

  7. Nnamdi

    March 15, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    When I said Nigeria is a very backward thinking country I get attacked all the time but the don’t know it’s the reason why there is no good road, no steady light and life expectancy is till low. Nothing is stable in Nigeria. Even if Nigeria economy is doing good today but Nigeria still don’t want to embrace forward thinking rather backward, the country will still be facing all it’s problems. Women and men deserve equal pay for equal work and gays need to come out of closet and have the right to live free and love free. There are more gays and lesbians in Nigeria than any other country in Africa and millions of this people are living in closet.

    • It wont end here on BN

      March 15, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      Nnamdi, you are an educated illiterate.
      Nigeria is a backward country bla bla bla bcos u manage to run to us/uk, in which you will soon be deported.

      “Women and men deserve equal pay for equal work ” Can you tell us one place/office/industry that men are paid more than women, where in all work the same time?

      FED Govt uses IPPIS for example, all level are paid equally. Level 8,9,10……

      If you work in an office, and you are paid less than your male counterpart (who is on the same level with you, with same job schedule) come out and say it with evidence of your pay slip.

      You people just allow this feminist eish to becloud your sense of reasoning and get so emotional. Except if they are unwritten, traditional rules-not in this age

    • Nahum

      March 15, 2016 at 4:01 pm

      Do you even know what you are saying? The wage gap is real!!! It has been documented and researched by far more knowledgable people than you!!! Rather than coming here and spewing ignorant bile, why don’t you take an hour or two to ACTUALLY read up on the wage gap discrimination? What about divorce cases? Inheritance cases? A widow can not even determine what will happen to her husband’s estate without facing threats and harassments from in-laws? Widowhood rights nko? Girl child education rights nko? Do you live in this country? Maybe you live on Jupiter with Ed dreamz. Are you not aware that everyday, families DECIDE to educate the male child over the female child because they believe boys are more productive. Just because it does not happen in your family does not mean it doesn’t exist. Your family does not represent Nigeria. You are truly very ignorant, I tell you!

    • Josephine

      March 15, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      Such an unintelligent comment.

    • It wont end here on BN

      March 15, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      Nahum, i refuse to join issues with you cos you are so razz, uncouth, vulgar and an ignorant person who thinks she knows -as seen all over this site and you lose your sense when it comes to this topic

      According to you,
      1. “Do you even know what you are saying? The wage gap is real!!! It has been documented and researched by far more knowledgable people than you!!

      Who did the research? from which office? which statistics are you quoting? Are men paid more than women in your own family? Where is it real? Go for deliverance my friend

      2. child education rights.
      I know you are not wise enough to know about the MDGs and the goals.

      What is the 3rd goal of the MDGs?
      What is the 2nd goal and what is the target of the 2nd goal?

    • Nnamdi

      March 15, 2016 at 6:07 pm

      I was born and raised in United state and i still stand by what i said Nigeria is a backward thinking country U.S is archiving what the want to the because it’s a country where everyone free to be what ever the want including stupid.

    • Anonn.

      March 15, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      +1000000000 for this comment.

    • Anonn.

      March 15, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      Nnamdi’s comment oh!

  8. It wont end here on BN

    March 15, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    This issue wont end here today on BN.

    1. Many a times we allow emotions to becloud our sense of reasoning. This is what many youths of this country now do without any logic reasoning. You dont understand the bill but you carry it on your head

    Each one has a right to anything in the constitution. Be it a male/female, you have the right to life, right to freedom of expression, right to religion, association ……
    Having a separate law giving “women their own rights/freedom” negates the first “rights as a nigerian” If you are a citizen, you have these rights, (whether you are a male or female) except we are saying females are not included in the term citizens/Nigerians.

    You dont need a right of freedom as a female/woman, you already have your right as a citizen/Nigerian.

    2 If we are now talking about violence and crimes against women (including rape, battery…) there are laws against this/these crime (s). If you commit rape as an offence (be it a male or female) this is your punishment…. Crime (committed by any one-be it male or female) have stipulated punishment that each attracts. “Gender and equality bill would mean whatever a male can do, a female can do, and vice versa”. As far as the constitution is concerned, each individual (female/male has this)

    I see nothing a man is doing that a woman cannot do. Women contested for presidential slots, state and national house of assemblies…and nothing hindered them. If we talking about the ratio of those involved, that is another issue. How many females are willing to go into politics? They dont go because there is a law hindering them or they are discriminated agianst, No. They refrain because of the dirty nature of it

    3. In fact, females are now given priority in virtually every office above their male peers. This is why the status quo is changing. As a result, you have more comfortable ladies, jobless peers without jobs and who cant marry their female colleagues, thereby resulting to many of our ladies remaining single-as none would go down to marry their jobless peers.

    • mz titilitious

      March 15, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      Gbam! On point! dat’s was y I said we dnt need it up there.

    • mz titilitious

      March 15, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      Dat was*

    • Josephine

      March 15, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      You’re a disgrace to womanhood.

    • It wont end here on BN

      March 15, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      Josephine, no what? she is not. She doesn’t join the band wagon.
      As young as she is, she is much more reasonable than you.
      She has senses and she can think
      She is rational and dont just cry when others are crying for nothing sake.

      You are the disgrace for wasting your parents money in school without a thinking cap

    • Engoz

      March 15, 2016 at 5:00 pm

      This is a devilishly cunny way of deviating from the issues that plague the disenfranchised or minority groups in the society. When disenfranchised or vulnerable populations seek redress to their situation, laws are put in place to specifically address the concerns of that population. For example, children are protected under human rights, but we still have the child care act to specifically protect the needs of children. The aim is to narrow the subject and address specific and not general needs of that population.

      Do women have specific needs in Nigeria that needs to be addressed? Absolutely yes. The vague words in the constitution open to manipulation by the Yerimas in the Senate is not enough to address the specific needs of women. If the angst is that men should have their own laws to protect themselves, please go ahead, fight for your own right, the way women want theirs. Nobody is stopping Nigerian men. But Apparently Nigerian men are so comfortable with the system of widowhood practices, divorce and inheritance laws, outright discrimination of the female gender, so I wouldn’t expect a privileged group vying to change a system that favors them. As far as we women are concerned, our voices are going to be heard. We are not going to hide under the vague conspiracy and grammatical jargon of ‘human rights.’

    • Nahum

      March 15, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      Wo God bless you jare

    • Md

      March 15, 2016 at 5:59 pm

      Agree with you, we don’t need that feminist, hypocritical, victim hood, rubbish here…most of the people saying rubbish will be the first to be aganst gay rights in nigeria. They is already laws and penalty for violence against women and wives vs in laws problems, which was passed during Jonathan Era. ..as for equal pay, that is rubbish and a myth because everybody who is in any level in any organization is paid the same ,..if women are paid less,then I will start hiring more women in order to save money as I do with some hausa abokis for cheap labour…simple….I believe the real agenda is that women wants when they divorce their husband they will take half of the husband properties and money.. that is their real agenda and they are masking it all under the poor poor meek women and it won’t work

    • Engoz

      March 15, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      A law being passed by Jonathan does not mean everything has been addressed. Laws are developed upon through Amendments. Amendment in government and law, is an addition or alteration made to a constitution, statute, or legislative bill or resolution. Amendments can be made to existing constitutions and statutes and are also commonly made to bills in the course of their passage through a legislature.

      As clearly stated by Ali Ndume…

      “This law that is being AMENDED is very important especially when there is a clear conflict when it comes to dealing with widows, inheritance, divorce, even marriage itself in our society,” he said.

      There is a CLEAR CONFLICT in the current laws when dealing with widows, inheritance, divorce, and marriage.

    • hezekina pollutina

      March 15, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      The earth is round my brother. Or so they say. Gender roles are changing shape, things are changing. You can ignore that and try to block that with a law, but nature will still find its way. You are the scared one, instead of rising to the challenge and finding new evolved roles to play. You want to dey there. Dey there, you will be left behind. End.

  9. NIRA

    March 15, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    How many women do we have in the Nigerian Senate?? That should be the first problem. The average Nigerian man with the average education and exposure does not believe in gender equality, not to talk of the less-than-average, masochistic brains in the National Assembly. So, let’s not act surprised that the bill was thrown out. Until we elect more women into positions where they can make policies and effect serious change, gender equality will always be a dream, never achieved.

    • Nahum

      March 15, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      Wonderfully said!! ??????

  10. Natu

    March 15, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    The truth is African men do not want to see the African woman succeed. I have known this for a while now. They are threatened by our success. I do not understand why any man will deprive women from having equal opportunities. I really feel bad for African women but the war ain’t over. Keep on thriving ladies.

    • Md

      March 15, 2016 at 6:59 pm

      They are threatened by our success…..lol,delusional much, don’t flatter you self dear

    • Natu

      March 15, 2016 at 8:02 pm

      @Md gender equality should never threaten your masculinity. African men are so insecure and yes you are threaten by female success.

  11. Natu

    March 15, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    The truth is African men do not want to see African woman succeed. I have known this for a while now. They are threatened by our success. I do not understand why any man will deprive women from having equal opportunities. I really feel bad for African women but the war ain’t over. Keep on thriving ladies.

  12. Nahum

    March 15, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    We should make noise on social media and demand the names of every Senator that voted against it. This is such a shame. I wish Buhari would use his veto power and pass this bill.

  13. Ame Roberts

    March 15, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    I heartily applaud d Nigerian Senate 4 upholding d tenets of morality, ethics and d spirit of Africanism by rejecting d caused American way of life. As well articulated by d Distinguished Senators, “human rights is enshrined in d Constitution and available 4 all.” Any bill that seeks to give women intoto equal rights with men is both unBiblical and unQuranic. It is satanic, devilish and a ploy 4rm d pit of hell which should never see the light of day. Any1 dat is not satisfied wit d African way of life (conservation, morality) can go to Europe or America where any1 can live how they like in d name of so-called liberalism. God Bless the Distinguished Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. God Bless Nigeria

    • Nahum

      March 15, 2016 at 4:22 pm

      Conservation and morality you say… Permit me to challenge that. On the issue of conservative, we have maiden dances where our maidens dance in the market square with a little wrapper covering the vagina and their breasts are bare, please explain how is that conservative? I am waiting….

      On the issue of morality as well as Christianity, the bible CLEARLY states God detests Adultery, it is even part of the 10 commandments but isnt having 3 or 4 side chicks the norm for an African man? Why does Africa have the highest rates of sexually transmitted HIV/AIDS for such a moral and conservative continent? Please answer these questions.

    • Natu

      March 15, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      I love me some Nahum!!!!

    • Nahum

      March 15, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      Love you too Natu, my fellow mad person ?

    • Mr. Egghead

      March 15, 2016 at 8:07 pm

      Having side-chicks has nothing to do with Africanism. In every tribe and every place, there are people keeping side-chicks. There has never been any study that has shown that African men enjoy the peculiarity of side-chicks.
      The major reason why there is a preponderance of STDs in Africa is poverty, both mental and financial. People don’t have awareness of protection and contraception, even when they are aware, they can’t afford it.
      The wage gap is a myth. Women earn less than men ON THE AVERAGE, but when they are stratified by position, the wage gap disappears. If the number of male engineers is quadruple the number of female engineers, how do you expect the average wage to be the same ?

    • icrossmyheart

      March 15, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      I am utterly confused by this comment. The thing that strikes me the most every single day is how one can quote the bible and be senseless at the same time. Does Proverbs not preach wisdom? Something you seem to have skipped for the sake of preserving your unwanted manhood.
      How is treating someone equal be considered satanic? Devlish? From the pit of hell? How can you use the bible, an unAfrican doctrine, to maintain African ways? Do you forget how your ancestors were brandished, killed even, for the sake of the bible because their ways were not in sync with the ambitions of the West or they were very AFRICAN? It goes to show how successful the colonization enterprise is for one to confuse their own culture with the culture of the west to the point you do not know where one begins and where one ends.
      These senators are not preserving African culture. What they are doing is to ensure that only their ilk succeed. Because if they become part of the people who support the bill…WHO WILL THEY SLEEP WITH SO CARELESSLY LIKE THEY DO NOW. Every woman to them is for sale. The only reason is because many women are not given their constitutional rights.

      So Ame, do not deceived. You think this ends here? Nah. Your children will also bear the consequences of this action.

    • Nahum

      March 15, 2016 at 7:10 pm

      God bless you dear

    • hezekina pollutina

      March 15, 2016 at 9:25 pm

      hahaha – u funny…

  14. WeeFree

    March 15, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Don’t worry folks, our “Common Sense” Senator will speak in support of this Bill on Twitter.

  15. Niola

    March 15, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    @ fred please write logically, what exactly in this bill will destroy the marriage institution? From what I can see up there the bill is aimed at promoting equality, development and advancement of all persons in Nigeria . Are you one of those Narcissistic men whose myopic view of marriage is limited to that of a prison for the women folks, or when you have a daughter you would prefer she has no access to education , oh I see because the bible says wives submit you have substituted it for servitude, anyway please not all women in Nigeria are wives so should other women submit to just random men or be subdued? Anyway having said that I do not think there is necessity for this bill as the constitution and the Childs Right Act already protects our rights whether as Man, Woman or child, what I find irritating is the multiplicity of laws with lack of implementation in Nigeria, we are done with legal enactments! Having this bill is positive or reverse discrimination . We need leaders we can hold accountable to implement and enforce laws period!

  16. Josephine

    March 15, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    I’m not surprised to see people defending backward Senators in a so-called enlightened blog such as this. I’ve noticed that people use “feminist” as a dirty word here all the time. Get your heads out of your stinking asses and understand that just because you are comfortable doesn’t make it ok for rural women to suffer or those who don’t work in companies who uphold international standards. Voiceless women all over Nigeria are trampled on and chanced every day, economically and physically while the wicked and ignorant applaud because they’re ok.

  17. Kadara

    March 15, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    This is evidence that most of our men from north or south are the same when it some son women’s rights. The ones who supported are from both regions and the ones who rejected are from both regions. Our men all across Nigeria are generally very backward weak men who are intimidated that women will over take them if given the chance. We are already overtaking the lazy cows even noe

  18. bruno

    March 15, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    I hope u people finally know how it feels when a mumu in an agbada or suit takes away ur basic right.

    when a nigerian opens his or her to talk about “fundamental human rights” I just laugh. does people who are complaining will still be the same people to support the anti gay bill.

    we are all slaves until everyone is free.
    u want to be free but u want to keep others captive, NO. its not going to happen.

    • Marc Francis of Chelsea

      March 15, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      Remember when someone wrote an article for THE GUARDIAN saying something to the tune of human rights is a trojan gift from Satan. Well my dear ladies, your equality apparently falls into that category. The bulk of them will decry and lambast homosexuality but when they marry gay men, agony ensues.

    • hezekina pollutina

      March 15, 2016 at 9:26 pm

      Don’t mind them, selfish lot!

  19. canigetsomeontelligencehere!

    March 15, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Remi Tinubu wasn’t at work today? Madam I take it that you only speak up when you are trying to feign neutrality abi or better still when daddy has written the script for the day?

    You remi tinubu are the biggest disappointment ever as far as being a woman in the Nigerian political sphere is concerned! You had a fantastic opportunity to make your mark as a senator as far as fighting the cause of Nigerian women is concerned but you chose to be a bench warmer!

    !
    I don’t blame you after all your being in the senate is only because of who you are married to therefore the concept of women being independent yet protected is alien to you and you cannot initiate or support laws which propagate women’s causes!

    I tell everyone who cares to listen that after Jonathan, remi tinubu is the biggest political disappointment ever!!!!

    • Truth

      March 15, 2016 at 5:20 pm

      She spoke in favor of this bill.
      Remi Tinubu and Stella Oduah spoke in favor of this bill and defended it. Olujimi was the one who drafted the bill. Confirmation before Condemnation. Ma’am

    • tunmi

      March 15, 2016 at 5:53 pm

      It takes more than one . Even with the women and their allies, the nays still had it.

    • Kadara

      March 15, 2016 at 7:38 pm

      Remi Tinubu spoke in favo of the bill. Abeg move away with your rant clearly you have something against the woman. Why single her out? All the other women nko? Remi Tinubu did her part but some others didn’t

  20. prince

    March 15, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    @Bruno & @Nnamdi, you guys made good sense on this. This country is in deep shit until everyone is ready to accept anybody irrespective of your gender, sexuality etc.
    We need to move away from this 1832bc mentality and think like people of the 21st century. Sometimes, I just weep for this nation because the reason we are where we are is not because of our resources but the way we think

  21. Garcia

    March 15, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    My own is that if Nigerians want this gender equality whatever to pass, they should let homosexuals be! After all that bill came first and was rejected. I’m not going to be hypocrite and carry placards and protest crap simply because I’m a woman, when homosexuals were left to hang out and dry, there’s still no welfare for special needs and albinos are suffering. What exactly would this gender equality bill do? What are the proponents of the said Bill? Abeg jare make we hear word! Let them attend to other pressing issues first. Nigerian women don’t even want to be equal with their yeye comments I see on BN. Later they would be shouting everywhere. Yes I’m female and I’m straight. But I’m not going to take a side based on my sex. Attend to pressing issues first! They have not finish fighting corruption, it’s gender inequality they want to tackle. #rollseyes#

    • Md

      March 15, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      Best comment

  22. Josephine

    March 15, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    @ It Won’t End On BN. you and Mz Titi are equally ridiculous. You’re damn right I’m educated and I know the privileges it brings me. That’s I want that for all women in Nigeria. How am I or anyone else special? All girls and women deserve exposure, education, the right to earn wages for their hard work and so many other rights, not to live according to the whims of males around them. Its scum like you try to suppress them out of fear. You’re no different from the lunatics who shot Malala because she was trying to get her life or the one who thought Ese Oruru was just a piece of meat he could drag up North and impregnate. Its people like you who support child marriage and female genital mutilation, anything to keep women down.

  23. http://www.dakkylove.com/

    March 15, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Its extremely sad that these Senators are elected and not appointed, which means they are supposed to be our representatives, its obvious that the only thing they represent is their stomach. Until we learn to hold our elected officials accountable for their work in office things like this will never end. When its election time they gather all the market women and promise them heaven and earth, when they get in its back to square one. sad situation.

  24. Md

    March 15, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Agree with you, we don’t need that feminist, hypocritical, victim hood, rubbish here…most of the people saying rubbish will be the first to be aganst gay rights in nigeria. They is already laws and penalty for violence against women and wives vs in laws problems, which was passed during Jonathan Era. ..as for equal pay, that is rubbish and a myth because everybody who is in any level in any organization is paid the same ,..if women are paid less,then I will start hiring more women in order to save money as I do with some hausa abokis for cheap labour…simple….I believe the real agenda is that women wants when they divorce their husband they will take half of the husband properties and money.. that is their real agenda and they are masking it all under the poor poor meek women and it won’t work

    • Marc Francis of Chelsea

      March 15, 2016 at 7:11 pm

      Did you even read the bill? Do you know how “equal pay” is evaluated? Are you arguing that women deserve nothing in a divorce? Do you think equal rights for women in America does not have a hand in producing a formidable Presidential candidate like Hilary Clinton? Do you know what a glass ceiling is? Do you know what corporate sexism is?

      What about the women flung out of their matrimonial homes when their husband dies?
      What about the women raped by their husbands because they weren’t in the mood?
      What about the women beaten senseless and shut up because they have been paid for via dowry?
      What about the women who have a ZERO stake in their parents’ unwilled property for their sex?
      What about the women who are cheated on and replaced with no repercussion by their philandering husbands?

      There are many issues behind this bill other than women trying to get their legal entitlement in a justified divorce. Research those questions and restructure your vitriol towards the senators who opposed the bill.

    • Nahum

      March 15, 2016 at 7:19 pm

      How do you figure that Sir, when women are quickly becoming the breadwinners in their homes. Even the poor illiterate women are the number 1 bread winners in their homes. So if we are the ones bringing home the bacon, what bloody property are we fighting for? And yes, if I invest my money into my husband’s dreams, love him, feed him and care for him and bear his children, God will punish any relative of his that will try and tell me I have no rights to his property. When hubby and I started from the bottom, where were his loving family? Why did they not help their brother to make it before I got there? Now that I have cleaned up your son, you want to reap where you did not sow and throw me and my kids out? No way!! This law must pass

    • Blaze of Blizz

      March 15, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      If standing for basic social human rights doesn’t work for you, then you my friend are either completely misguided and oblivious to the situation around you or you just might be a despicable human being. I hope the former is the case. Have a nice evening.

    • Engoz

      March 15, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      To be honest I do not expect Nigerian men to vote in favor of the bill except one or two with the blessing of common sense. Even in the West it took women to fight for their rights. If you are waiting for men to come up with laws to protect your female interests, you need serious awakening.

      Listen women, especially those preferring to hang on the sidelines not caring to take any position on this matter or just being content because you are being given crumbs, the illiteracy and abject ignorance in our female history will be our doom. Even your foremothers took it upon themselves to protect their interests before colonialism came in and destroyed us beyond redemption. Female rights and the fight for it is NOT ALIEN TO THE AFRICAN. I will go further by saying African women were the ORIGINAL FEMINISTS.

      For example: http://www.popline.org/node/510467
      Colonialism resulted in the loss of political position and power for Igbo women in Nigeria; the Victorian assumption, on the part of the British colonial administrators, that women were incapable of political leadership, resulted in the failure of the administrators to preceive the traditional role played by women in Igbo political life and eventually led to the British imposition of political institutions on the Igbo which provided political roles for men only. In the traditional culture there was a balance of power between men and women. Issues relevant to men were decided by consensus of all the men in the village. Women ran their affairs through the women’s town meeting where they also arrived at decisions through consensus on such matters as trade, farming, and family relationships. If the women’s decisions were not accepted by the men, the women took group action, such as publicly berating a man or beating on his house until he repented or by conducting a village-wide cooking strike if the men refused to clear the paths to the market. These forms of collective action were referred to as sitting on a man or “making war on the man” and were viewed as legitimate by the men in the community. When the British extended their control over Igbo, they viewed the diffuse authority patterns of the Igbo as a sign of anarchy and proceeded to divide up the region into districts and arbitrarily appoint natives, usually someone predisposed to the British position, as the warrant chief for the district. These chiefs were given complete authority and the traditional decision making power for both sexes was ignored. The women responded by holding a town meeting and deciding to “make war” on the repressive warrant chiefs. In towns throughout the region, the women congregated at the administrative centers, burned the buildings, and berated the new chiefs. The British responded in typically ethnocentric fashion; they failed to perceive the traditional system at work and quelled what they considered to simply be unruly mob behavior. Later reforms lead to the restoration of political power for Igbo men but not for the women. Missionaries also contributed to the decline in political power for women. They viewed the women’s town meeting as a pagan ritual and reserved job related education for Igbo men only.

      As ‘intellectual’ as the Greeks were in their society, I quote Aristotle, women were considered as incomplete or deformed men, lacking in the power of judgment. But this ideology wasn’t so in old Africa. African women had their own rights, they could deliberate on issues that affected them. It was never the male’s forte to decide on issues that concerned them. It was the introduction of Islam, Christianity, and Colonialism that has retrogressed the position of African women today.

    • MIA

      March 16, 2016 at 9:30 am

      Thank you Engoz for this totally enlighten piece.

    • hezekina pollutina

      March 15, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      @ Md – Crap talking alert!

  25. Gender

    March 15, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    From the way must of us are sounding, i am convinced you guys didnt read the bill. You simply went to town with media sensation, because if you did read the bill you would have discovered that it is a mere piece of paper with no single bite, it is filled with “may” and not “shall” meaning that the responsibilities inherent are merely persuasive and not mandatory. let me reproduce the wordings of the section relating to enforcement of the law, it says” THE MINISTER, ACTING IN THE INTEREST OF WOMEN AS A GROUP OR CLASS OF PERSONS, MAY USE ANY DISPUTE RESOLUTION MECHANISMS TO ADDRESS NON-COMPLIANCE WITH THIS ACT OR APPLICABLE LEGISLATION.

    This means that there is little or no mandatory or definitive penalty for non-compliance. this is the link, please read and further comment placng.org/new/upload/SB37C613.pdf

  26. Chu

    March 15, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    I personally think a gender equality bill is too much too soon. It’s also too ambiguous. We have men that are comfortable relegating women to the back, so when they see this they rebel. When they pass the bill who will help the rural woman fight? They will still be oppresed. Besides most of the discrimination against women is the mindset of the man not because the law permits it. Women need to first of all stand up as one, find a particular clause in the law that is against us and actively fight it. Let all the female nosiemakers Oby Ezekwesile, Joy Isi Bewaji rise up and we follow behind for that particular law. The norm now is for politicians to align to whatever is trending.
    Something like girl child marriage should be abolished so that we can call out our prominent men who engage in such. It’s not about ranting on social media everyday and not taking steps.
    A victory in one will lead to victories in others, so why don’t we fight this fight one at a time and not lump everything together. #mythoughts

  27. Cindy

    March 15, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Lmao @fred who marriage institution don epp????

  28. Kim kim

    March 15, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Well well. Whenever I insult African men, u all become angry. Can u see?? The set of chauvinistic and sexist pigs we have as senators. I pray to see the day Nigeria becomes better. Once my passport visa are ready. Mehnnn, I am out of this sexist continent. Shame on u .

  29. olly

    March 15, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    but what did we expect, when the common necessity i.e power and fuel we dont have. I pray for Nigeria

  30. Thezenith

    March 15, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    The problem is Christian leaders/men/teachers emphasize wife submit. Very little emphasis on the “S” word for men. “sacrifice”
    When they tell wives to submit what they mean is do whatever your husband says and put up with whatever he dishes out. Only exception is if he ask you to sin against God. I am 50 and have been attending Christian church services my entire life. Most lessons on marriage put the entire weight for the success of the marriage on the wife. They say you must obey and do what your husband says. Many wives comply because they dont’ want to go to hell. Is this really God’s message to wives? put up with whatever your husband dishes out and do whatever he demands? If this is God’s message it would make one wonder if God really does love women or are we just here as expedients for mens happiness?
    I think the problem is very little emphasis is put on the many commands given to husbands. There are really only 2 basic commands given to the wife. Submit and respect! There are many given to the husband. Love as Christ did the church and laid down His life for His bride the church. This is not a one time act but a life of sacrifice. Christ entire purpose for being here was to save and protect His bride/church. Husbands are commanded to honor, to nurture, to cherish, not to be harsh with. Nowhere are husbands commanded to boss or rule their wives. God has told a husband what his behavior towards his wife should be and that type of behavior is what she is to be submitting to. She is to submit to be cared for, protected, nurtured, cherished and loved. Not to being ordered around like a child or a servant. Men and religious leaders need to stop ignoring the commands given to husbands. They look at the command given to the wife to submit and conclude aha she must do whatever I say because God says she must submit. Do you really believe that is what God intended. Is that the way Christ treated His bride? Stop looking at the command given to wives men and look at the command given to you. Yes the wife is to submit and God has told you exactly what she is to submit to. Again to being loved as Christ loved the church. Is there any greater love?(This is for the insecure and backward men. It wasn’t written by me.)

  31. Cj

    March 15, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    This is a tussle between the more liberal Southern Nigeria and Conservative North. Bills like this will always stir controversy, Nigeria is such a complex marriage of two parts with different ideal and that will forever be our struggle. You liberals in the South are Championing feminist agenda, I doubt if its all inclusive, up North,some women barely leave the house , or even allowed to work. Even in the almight America, states like UTah, women hardly get a say so its not a Nigerian thing. The Federal system we have will always be faulty, more Liberal southern States legislature should enact state laws/bills similar as one that was turned down.

  32. eyong

    March 16, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    @barrister How many Cameroonian websites do you visit? Lol, how do you know I’m not on them either? But, either way, atleast you’ve taken your sweet time to know me… who are you???

    @Cindy… so to you now you’ve said a sensible something, right? So, in that head of yours you really think that there’s an ‘appropriate’ time to reject injustice on tax paying citizens in their own country… Don’t be foolish my friend.

  33. amdedu

    March 17, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    It serves them right. They are the first to remain on the queue for as long as they are allowed to vote for these bunch come rain or sun.

  34. amdedu

    March 17, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    In protest for the rejection of Gender and Equal Opportunity Bill at Second Reading by the senate, women should retaliate appropriately.

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