The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Rights Movement in Nigeria has expressed support for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) Abubakar Atiku in the 2019 presidential election.

The group says if Atiku wins, he will stop the persecution of Nigerian gays.

According to the group, his emergence is a victory for democracy as it provides the electorate the option of a liberal candidate in Atiku Abubakar, who has indicated that he is the only one that can ensure that the rights, preferences and interests of all Nigerians are accommodated in a country that collectively belongs to us all.

Lee said, “LGBT takes note of how a previous administration initiated, passed and signed the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act that also criminalized homosexual clubs, associations and organizations, with penalties of up to 14 years in jail into law.

''We also note how the present administration has enforced same with a zeal that creates the impression that LGBT is a crime at a time when violent crimes take life across the country every single hour. Our community is daily hounded and exploited by law enforcement agents for no other crime than being who we are. We need a President that understands from experience.

“This repression of LGBT rights has negatively impacted the ability of the community to meaningfully contribute to the economy because the persecution of government as presently oriented towards sexual preferences stifles creativity and productivity on a scale that has held Nigeria back from catching up with other nations.

“It is on this backdrop and given the liberal disposition of Atiku Abubakar and his passion for bringing Nigeria into economic prosperity, we appreciate that he will work for an enabling environment by ending the criminalization of LGBT issues and place the community at a vantage position to run the economy.

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“Diverse therefore throws its weight behind the candidacy of Atiku Abubakar and his party the PDP as we are aware that his liberal stance will not only go along way to promote harmonisation of all interest groups but also brings the hope that the inhuman  Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act will be repealed within his first 12 weeks in office.''

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