Presidential aspirant and former Governor of Cross River State Donald Duke has issued a statement regarding the interview he granted on the On the Couch anchored by Falz and Laila.
In the interview, Donald Duke said that the question of a person’s sexuality will not be the basis of appointing people to his cabinet if he becomes President. He added that sexuality is personal to everyone.
Nigeria in 2014 under Goodluck Jonathan signed a law criminalizing gay rights and homosexuality. This, however, received criticism from within and outside Nigeria particularly Western countries like the United States.
The response of Donald Duke was seen as diplomatic to appease to the growing community in Nigeria while some saw it as support for the LGBT community in Nigeria.
In the statement issued on Sunday, 2nd September 2018 Donald Duke refuted any claims of his affirmation of homosexuality in Nigeria. He added that he won’t delve into the sexuality of an individual as this could lead to abuses. He concluded by saying that the Nigerian law on homosexuality ‘stands in fact and in my moral rectitude.’
Full Statement below;
Bloomberg News reported that Senate President Bukola Saraki said he is considering running for President in 2019. This received a wide response in Nigeria as President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking a second term in office. However, Bukola Saraki said he is only consulting. He has not declared and the recess of the National Assembly is a perfect time for him to do so. The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association has come out to say that he (Saraki) should resign from his position or be forced to do so. Interesting times.
This is coming from the National coordination of the group in Benue State Alhaji Garus Gololo who was interviewed by the Punch Newspaper.