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Writer and LGBTQ Advocate Chibuihe Obi Reportedly Kidnapped in Owerri

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Chibuihe Obi, a writer with Brittle Paper has been reportedly kidnapped after being missing since June 1st.

Several reports on Twitter are saying he was kidnapped for “spreading Satanism”. One user said the writer who lives in Owerri was kidnapped over his last article on homosexuality.

Chibuihe is well known for his essays on LGBTQ-themed poems.

Here is an excerpt from his last post on Brittle Paper detailing the previous threats and attacks he and others have been faced with.

It is over a year now since we started publishing LGBTIQ-themed poems. Threats have been coming. Thick-brained humans come to your Facebook inbox and write long sermons peppered with hate and warnings. They’d tell you to get ready for them. One asked Romeo (Oriogun) to send him some money or he’ll send policemen after him. Another actually reported him to his superiors. One Sunday evening in April, Romeo contacted me to say that someone has reported him to the police near his new post. The officers called to inform him that they’d be at his post to arrest him. Although we were able to avert the purported arrest, because it was baseless and out of question, the threat, the harassment, was psychologically draining to Romeo.

Last August, a random number left a message in my WhatsApp inbox. There was something curious about the name which made me ignore the content of the message. But I have stopped making public my locations on social media. I register my presence long after I have left the place, and if there is need for that. I try to keep my movement discrete. This way I have been able to forestall any premeditated attack.

Romeo ignored this, made light the threats and, last week, he was attacked.

Romeo was the winner of the 2017 Brunel International African Poetry Prize. He won the £3,000 for his “beautiful and deeply passionate” writing on masculinity and desire in the face of LGBT criminalisation and persecution.

Anyone with useful information has been asked to contact (+234) 8183003203 or (+234) 8180302222.

44 Comments

  1. Andrew

    June 4, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Tafiaka! The Lord created man and woman and said “go multiply and replenish the earth!” Why accepting European values in an African setting.. The purpose of man and a woman coming together is to lone one another as Christ loved His Bride The Church AND for producing of the next generation.

    • A Real Nigerian

      June 4, 2017 at 2:45 pm

      “Why accepting European values in an African setting?”

      The fact that you think homosexuliaty is a European thing says a lot about how ignorant, blinded and wayward you are.

    • Lol

      June 4, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      As if it is not the same Europeans that introduced the Bible to you

    • Seriously

      June 4, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      Homosexuality is NOT a European thing. There are gays around the world including Nigeria. Yes, God created a man and woman which makes homosexuality wrong just like other sins. However, this man shouldn’t be kidnapped.

    • Sugabelly

      June 4, 2017 at 7:14 pm

      Christianity is a European value.
      Why did you accept it?

      And it’s T-U-F-I-A-K-W-A

    • Bella

      June 4, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      You are one of the ignoramuses. Isn’t Christianity itself an European value? Who introduced your fore fathers to Christianity? Who taught them how to read the bible? Or did they do a transfer of the origination of Christianity to African countries after colonization?

    • Observer

      June 4, 2017 at 11:08 pm

      You didn’t even address the level of violence aimed at him or the kidnapping you are busy quoting scripture?! The way he lives his life is none of your bloody business! Nigerians are idiots.

    • Mbe

      June 4, 2017 at 11:50 pm

      That man staged this kidnap simple. I tell you nobody has time to read brittle whatever. Its all a scheme to go viral. Rubbish!!!!
      Nwanne start coming out, we don sabi you now.

    • Tony

      June 5, 2017 at 5:44 am

      This reply is stupid.
      Reason before you write
      Do not write out of assumption

      Bye!

    • seriously

      June 5, 2017 at 12:23 pm

      @sugabelly
      Anyone who believes christianity is a European value is a fool actually. Christianity started in Africa/middle East. Yes, Europeans had their own twist to it and created their own version of the Bible, brought different traditions like wear white wedding dress in church etc

  2. Andrew

    June 4, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Tafiaka! The Lord created man and woman and said “go multiply and replenish the earth!” Why accepting European values in an African setting? The purpose of man and woman coming together is to love one another as Christ loved His Bride The Church AND for producing of the next generation.

  3. Andrew

    June 4, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    The Lord also loves the homosexual, if he repents and comes to Christ. But to endorse the sin of homosexuality is a “slap on The Lord’s face”

  4. The Midnight Rambler

    June 4, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Se when they warn you guys to tone it down, you don’t take the warnings seriously. Let me break it down for those of you too thick to understand: you are in homophobic Nigeria. This means it is not safe to be proselytizing your gay lifestyle in this environment. Better take your ass to one of the European or American embassies, where they’ll readily give issue you a visa to migrate to climes that are tolerant to your ways. If you don’t take this advice, then it’s “Boom! Bye bye”, a la Jamaica. Nuff said.

    • A Real Nigerian

      June 4, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      Yet another idiotic comment promoting hatred.
      You don’t condemn the kidnappers, but instead you tell the victims to tone it down? Tone down what? A fight for equality and acceptance? A fight against discrimination? Can’t you see how your hatred is taking away your humanity?
      Shame on you.

    • hatersgonhate

      June 4, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      This might be a staged kidnap to gain a quick visa to the country of his sponsors. Lazy fowl

  5. Xoxo

    June 4, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Is his name Chibuihe or Chibuike

    • Bea

      June 4, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      Chibuihe. Meaning God is light

    • lin

      June 4, 2017 at 3:26 pm

      its Chibuihe meaning God is (my) light
      Chibuike means God is (my) strenght

  6. Mohammad

    June 4, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    I can’t believe what Nigeria has become. What is the difference between these kidnappers and Boko Haram?
    Until the law criminalising homosexuals is changed, the perpetrators of crimes like these will always have a defence. I can’t for the sake of Sango understand that we are at this point where kidnappers are even defended.

    • A Real Nigerian

      June 4, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      ?

  7. Ego

    June 4, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Andrew, you are an idiot!

    • Manchy babe

      June 4, 2017 at 3:31 pm

      Why are being abusive. Cant we just air our opinion without being abusive? If Andrew does not believe in homosexuality of which is based on his faith, I think it should be respected.

    • Rocco

      June 4, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      You’re just a dissolute f**king fool. In defence of Christ I’m in.

  8. Vincent

    June 4, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    @ Andrew a big idiot! Is that the issue? You must think there Is “big ” and “small” sin.

  9. Manchy babe

    June 4, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Bella naija biko post my comment

  10. The Midnight Rambler

    June 4, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    @ A Real Nigeran. You are the idiot here for not knowing whether it is safe or not to push your gay agenda in Nigeria. Well, maybe you are not THAT stupid, because you know to hide under that silly moniker of yours to post your asinine comments. If you have balls, show yourself and see whether you won’t get strung up by your balls (assuming you have any) by neighborhood boys. No shame. Go find a pond, tie a brick to your sorry neck and hop in…..for you are doomed, pal.

    • Udegbunam Chukwudi

      June 4, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      @Midnight Hustler: You’re issuing threats while posing anonymously, na who idiotic pass?

    • nikky

      June 4, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      I thought bellanaija screened comments I guess I thought wrong.

    • Icrossmyheart

      June 5, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      @A Real Nigerian may have his or her moments but he or she is right here. We have failed to condemn the kidnappers and focused entirely on Chibuihe’s sexuality. His sexuality did not kidnap or put anyone in harms way. The kidnappers did.

      Nigeria can be tiring. You guys fails to condemn politicians and hold them accountable for the crimes they commit but it is someone whose sexuality has no bearing on how well you live your life that troubles you.

      You know how bad a country is where a crime becomes forgivable or overlooked because the victim did not fall within the rubric of acceptability.

      Just sad.

      And you using violent words in defense of Christianity, if by what you have written shows how CHRISTIAN you are, I pray I become NON-CHRISTIAN. Hate is not Christ-like.

  11. Indigo

    June 4, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    He lives in Owerri .. in the midst of Igbo men who are set in their archaic thinking, who will pay 5k bride price and feel they have acquired a slave, a maid, a baby making machine, an ego massager and a whore in bed. You now think it’s those kind of people you will impress with your ” we are gay talks”
    There’s a Law in Nigeria
    He had it coming.. Naija is not a country to die for or give yourself headache over their issues.

    I hope he’s fine .
    .

  12. Udegbunam Chukwudi

    June 4, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Someone has been kidnapped and some God forsaken human beings have chosen to dwell on the gay matter. Bunch of idiots. Na una holy pass! Nzuzu!

    • Busarni

      June 5, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      chuks relocate to america already as you dont have sense. Dont force your life style on people abeg…

  13. kendo

    June 4, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    at least he was kidnapped for the right reasons

    • Seun Black

      June 4, 2017 at 10:06 pm

      Fool. Check into your family line and see if you don’t or didn’t have someone who is/was gay. Hypocrisy and foolishness.

  14. prosper

    June 4, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    .some humans as lost their humanity all in the name of religion.
    And who told you god created man
    Ignorance and homophobia.

  15. Oluwakemi

    June 4, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    @kendo …. he was kidnapped for the right reason, I hope you will also be kidnappwd for all the lies you have told, it will also be for the right reason.
    What have we become … God help us

  16. Ekwu

    June 4, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    wowww…. I weep for Nigeria.

    When did we loose our humanity?

  17. Seun Black

    June 4, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    The truth is, he being kidnapped or not, we won’t keep quiet- we can’t be tamed. And the fact that you believe that ‘Homosexuality is unAfrican’, or not a ‘genuine phenomenon or idea’, is lame. It is lame because you weren’t born in pre-historic Africa, and you just live on hateful thesis, which is apparently very sad, because most of them, if not all, paints intolerance and hatred.
    I wouldn’t shun anybody for what he believes in or not. But, you shouldn’t rub other people who don’t have your brain off their human rights, or denounce them their nationality, or make them feel less of themselves.
    I usually tell people, ‘You judge people, but your institutionalised books are against it.’ and, ‘Ye who has not sin should always be the first to cast the stone.’ which should not be applicable in the sense of sexuality.
    Obi deserves every rights you deserve. He is African like you. He is Nigerian. He is human. He wants a life and wishes to survive, just like you. Just think that you are being kidnapped for sleeping in your bed. Does it make sense? #freeChibuiheObi!

  18. Lailatu

    June 4, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    Why do I feel like this is just a stunt to be granted asylum somewhere or to get some kind of award for fighting for homosexuals? Those owerri business men ain’t got time to read his silly essays.

  19. Fifi

    June 4, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    Never heard of him, hope he is found

  20. Micheal o Ighodaro

    June 5, 2017 at 2:00 am

    I am kinda ashamed not surprised of the foolishness of some of you Nigerians. I mean some one just got kidnapped in your godforsaken country and all yall could is talk about his sexuality. can you be more pathetic than your country?

  21. Amy

    June 5, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Dont pport him being kidnapped but he should be arrested before he pollute the mind of other young people. No one is judging but sin is sin period. Gayism is satanic and should not be promoted by any means. JESUS is coming very soon.

    • Micheal o Ighodaro

      June 5, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      Take the next available bus to hell!

  22. Amy

    June 7, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    And hell is your home

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