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Oby Ezekwesili clears the air on Statement about Gay Rights

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Presidential Candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Oby Ezekwesili has clarified the statement she made on gay rights during an event at Chatham House.

Gay rights activist Bisi Alimi had asked her what she would do to uphold gay rights if elected and whether gay people would be safe in a administration.

Ezekwesili had said she believes in equality and will uphold the constitutional rights of every Nigerian.

Ezekwesili released a statement on Twitter, clearing the air, because the statement “has been misconstrued and now totally taken out of context by some folks.”

Constitutional rights are not equivalent to gay rights, she said, adding that as a Christian, she doesn’t “subscribe to the Gay or Lesbian life choice”.

She said:

Bisi Alimi asked me a question on the discrimination he suffered as a Gay Citizen of Nigeria. I responded that as President of Nigeria I shall uphold the basic Human Rights of every Nigerian which our does indeed express as Equality of Opportunity.

This in no way equates or translates to me supporting or approving Gay Rights. It appears that some people are genuinely confusing Constitutional Rights due to every one regardless of their sexual orientation as Gay Rights. That is not correct.

Constitutional or civil rights are Rights that are similarly due to Gay people as they are to every other citizen.

Constitutional or Human Rights are not the same thing as or EQUIVALENT to Gay Rights. For example, on Marriage the Constitution of our country has a definition that can not permit Gay Rights.

As a Christian who has a strong scriptural anchor, I don’t subscribe to the Gay or Lesbian life choice. This was always publicly declared and known by those who follow me including who asked me the question at .

7 Comments

  1. Esther

    December 7, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Her answer is good. She doesn’t agree with the lifestyle but believes LGBT right to live in sin just like everyone else. We are all doing one sin or the other, my prayer is we all repent from our sins and live a godly life. Be compassionate, humble, love our neighbor as ourselves.

    • Cocoa

      December 8, 2018 at 4:29 pm

      I totally understand where you’re coming from..but you’re forgetting one major thing. “Right to sin” (free will) will not erase CONSEQUENCES OF SIN.
      The thief once caught will pay a price…the liar will pay a price…the sexually immoral and sexually perverse must also pay a price.

      Now i do not believe two wrongs make a right. I do not believe subjecting them to harm and torture is justified. REHABILITATION is the only key.

      But to propose your “right” to be a habitual sinner should not result in consequences is the wrong way to look at things.

      ALL SIN affects the community at large. So those who say what another person does in their bedroom is no one’s business are wrong. What they do in their bedroom shows up in public and erodes our societal values…it confuses our children and it stunts our growth through lack of reproduction. It erodes our society just the way thieves, liars, oppressors etc do….and we do not tolerate any of these either.

      BUT ABOVE ALL…..IT IS DISPLEASING TO GOD. And this should break anyone’s heart.

      I know the battle against the flesh is a constant one….it is a daily fight for everyone….but we’ve been given the HOLY SPIRIT and the WORD OF GOD…to help us. There is no excuse for not opening the TOOL BOX and UTILIZING the tools.

      Power to conquer sin is available….IF YOU WANT IT.
      REDEMPTION is available, RESTORATION is available, HOPE is available, JOY is available, PEACE is available….

      “Ask and it shall be given unto you..seek and you shall find..knock and the door will be opened unto you” – Matthew 7:7-8.

    • Normandywells

      December 14, 2018 at 10:26 pm

      It isn’t sinful to be gay-it simply IS. Your bible is fiction-do you really think your jeebus orders parents to KILL their kids for cursing them as noted in Mathew 15:4? No? Then stfu

    • Normandywells

      December 14, 2018 at 10:23 pm

      Please shut your ignorant religiously brainwashed mouth-being gay is NORMAL-your god is fake!!

  2. Dayo

    December 7, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    This is what often characterizes the political fora – expediency starts to erode principles…

    • Normandywells

      December 14, 2018 at 10:24 pm

      agreed-its disgusting that a hated minority like this black woman dares discriminate against gay people-another minority. It means she hasn’t learned a thing from her people’s struggles-shes still just an ignorant savage.

    • Smh

      December 15, 2018 at 9:59 am

      Minority ko, minority ni.

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