African gay seeking asylum in the UK? Not so fast

President Jonathan Goodluck signed anti-gay bill into Nigeria constitution in January this year. Before then there has been lots of outcry about how homosexuality are being discriminated against in Nigeria, everyone has their opinion on this. What adults do in the privacy of their homes may be priority in another land but definitely not in Nigeria – not now, not when a section of the country is burning and we haven’t found solution to quench the fire aka Boko Haram.

I knew that Nigeria following in the footsteps of Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni on anti-gay bill is not going to be pretty for gay or straight. This is because people that are desperate to leave the country would use this as the reason – not judging those who fall in this category, it’s just the reality.

The issue here is that Britain, rightly would do all they can to reduce the number of asylum seekers into their country – this will be done using all means possible.

As predicted, “In 2013 some 283 people claimed asylum in Britain on the grounds that they were at risk overseas because they are gay or lesbian. Many cases come from African states whether homosexuality is subject to the death penalty.”

And another one here, a Nigerian: “There was no way I could talk about what I was going through. I’d never spoken to anyone about my sexuality. “I couldn’t mention my sexuality to them. I didn’t know if they were in contact with police. I didn’t know if this country was friendly. I couldn’t talk to them about my persecution, my religion and all of that.

European court has ruled that UK Home Office asking asylum seekers to proof they are gay is breach of human rights. Listening to a radio program yesterday whereby an employee of the Home Office was invited to talk through procedures they had in place to be sure asylum status is only granted on the ground of sexuality discrimination in home country. Part of what the man (can’t remember his name) talked about was that they had video to watch and some other stuff that is just too demeaning for any adults.

An adult being sat in front of an X rated video? I’d say all you needed in this situation is to be human with blood running through your veins.

Now, I am not blaming the UK government, if they liked they could ask for people to hop like bunnies, they only did this because my government GEJ is delusional pushing people away from Nigeria by all means possible and could not foresee the consequences.

Not anymore can foreigners take advantage of Human Rights law to seek asylum in the west. Western countries are finding ways to ‘honourably’ decline entry to anyone if they figured you would end up being a burden on their system.

Afusat Saliu was deported to Nigeria in June despite she claimed her two girls will be at the risk of FGM. A few years ago she would have been allowed to stay in the UK using the same claim. 

What’s next?

Neither of these cases affected me but they don’t have to before we can all see the bigger picture. Maybe next time President Jonathan is debating on important issues just so he can please the religious hypocrites, we can all speak up because the reality is, it is always the common people who will suffer.

And guess what? New VIP visa service for wealthy foreigners by the same country and you can be sure this is the category for all of our politicians and their family and we all knew well that their wealth is neither through inheritance nor hard work.

Maybe this is one of the areas Nigerians should look into when voting in a few months – a leader with a spine that would put interest of the people first.



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19 replies

    • 🙂 plenty to say but not in the mood – no comment”

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      • Way too much to say on this – not all of it “politically correct” and as my daddy always told me: “it is better to keep one’s mouth shut and be thought a fool, then to open it and remove all doubt”

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        • Knew it! But you don’t have to be politically correct.
          The hope is you would enlighten one or two people!

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          • Let us just say: “what happens between two consenting adults in the privacy of their own bedroom” is none of my (or society’s) business and – personally – should be kept there, not placed in public (and therefore before my eyes) for the world to “see and accept” and if you ‘dare’ think otherwise you are a bigot, a homophobe, a neanderthal and someone from the dark ages. When in fact, you are anything but. The seeming insistence of some to validate their lifestyle and foist it down the throat of everyone else is what I find personally – personally mind you – repugnant. And to seek refuge in another country based on this fact (your sexual life) alone is in my opinion idiotic. The laws in Uganda, Nigeria, Jamaica, Zimbabwe, (are we seeing a familiarity here) while draconian and to a whole degree pathetically backwards, are none-the-less based more on cultural and heritage based beliefs. Yet, they also acknowledge that “between two consenting adults, in the privacy of their own home” is none of our business: why people on the other side of the street – as it were – refuse to see this as just and fair, quite frankly, is beyond me. Hell, the same people who object to the open flaunting of their behavior are/would be voicing dissent to my flaunting my behavior in their faces as well. As for Goodluck – and other African and Caribbean leaders – benefit of the doubt, from this corner and on this issue only, is extended. As Charlie Rich once said “when we get behind closed doors, and we let our hair hang down . . . No one knows what goes on behind closed doors”

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            • Yeah! See I knew it! Thank you.
              And of course it is idiotic using the the same idiotic bill to seek asylum.

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              • oh you are so clever, but then like most people who know you; i knew that!

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                • Ha ha, am I really?

                  If I am teeny weeny close to being smart, I could have walked straight to my annoying monarch palace to give him a piece of my mind!

                  And of course Aso Rock to GEJ would have been my next stop. His case would be simple though – just pull the stupid gold chain he has around his robe he thought was called outfit!

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                  • let me think about that one for a minute . . . pulling the “chain” would expose him to be the man behind the curtain would it not? Not that enticing an option I would say, perhaps better left secured in my – newfound – opinion, goodluck will be here (california) soon enough living the life of an exile in Berkeley
                    giving lectures on the travails of africa after the colonial government

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                    • 🙂 🙂 you are right. The gold chain on his cloak is just annoying and nothing more to it. The exile option rules! You guys will be lucky to have him lecture you all about The challenges of being a leader in the Africa most populous nation.

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                    • lordy, lordy, lordy young lady!!1 At first I was kidding, but upon reflection I could possibly be prophetic -GASP –

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                    • Joke it is but I am praying to God about it!
                      Nigerians believe in prophesis, so let’s hope it come to pass! Not so sure he’d get asylum in the US, but at least he is likely to get one in the middle east where ex Ugandan Pres. went

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                    • you wish upon us your rubbish then?

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                    • Ha, Not wishing you ‘my’ rubbish…not at all. If he is away from Nigeria to the US especially, he would think he was going to be ‘teaching’ you stuff but down the line, he’d learn the ‘real stuff’.
                      In a way I am giving you guys opportunity to ‘change a life’ !

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                    • Point of reference: when foriegn exiled politicians come to America (that Eddie Murphy movie was God awful by-the-way) they live in a cocoon of adulation, so far removed from the ‘real America’ they would need binoculars- literally – to find it. Guess you could compare it to his visits to Nigeria. What’s that you’re thinking; he lives in “Nigeria” ? Precisely

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                    • What’s awful about Coming to America? Over Pampered Entitled Prince? Nigerian Princes would beg to differ, If they could they’d live that live everyday!

                      Bet you are right with living in cocoon! Not to worry, I don’t mind where he lives as long as he is away from spotlight so I can breath.

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                    • My word!!! You are not saying you actually liked that stereotypical, pathetically racist exercise in stupidity? Or did I expect a more realistic view of African exiled royalty in Brooklyn, nah maybe I viewed it through ‘rose colored glasses’

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                    • Well, I liked Eddie Murpy – he is funny. Sorry to disappoint but I loved that pathetic exercise of stupidity of African exiled royalty as I hope they’d see the irony but clearly the joke is on them and ‘us’ as most of African royal families today still relish in lavish lifestyle.

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                    • Ah the nuances of ‘black-humor’ lost on the multitudes of viewers, I agree completely on Mr. Murphy, he is a genuine genius – when he wants to be – just not this time (or any of the Disney movie remakes!!!) He had/has the make-up of the late great Richard Pryor and the verbal dexterity of the incomparable (and misunderstood by most; except the French) Jerry Lewis. As for the lifestyle of the Nobility and Royalty of the varied African Nations/Tribes, having ‘encountered’ a few in New York, Paris, London, Marbella and Monaco, I can only say: “damn dad, what happened to us?, where our money at?”

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