Nigeria anti-gay bill causes consternation

A top US human rights official said he has not discussed with Nigerian politicians an anti-gay bill poised to pass Parliament.

Michael H. Posner, the Assistant of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, declined to comment directly on the pending legislation during a press conference at the US consulate in Lagos.

But, he says human rights issues must be addressed within societies and “it is very difficult, if not impossible, for (foreign) governments to force that change”.

The Parliament of Africa’s most populous nation is expected to formally pass the bill criminalising gay marriage, gay advocacy groups and same-sex public displays.

It must then be signed the president, though it was not clear when that might happen.

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