Fake News Alert: I Did Not Say I Will Protect Gay Rights - Ezekwesili
Nigeria has a law that does not guarantee gay rights in the nation and practising it attracts a 14-year jail term.
This is one law that some persons have alleged that countries have put pressure on Nigeria to change it, but the nation has refused to comply.
The candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, knows about this law, but some media organisations have alleged that she announced a desire to protect gay rights.
Mrs Ezekwesili says that news is fake.
She was quoted to have said that while addressing Nigerians at the Chatam House.
In a statement by Iyinoluwa Aboyeji who was present at the Chatam House while the candidate of the ACPN gave her speech said it was frightening how far fake news could go to douse the impact of positive public communication.
"I found it odd to believe that some Nigerians could actually twist the facts to suit their personal interests.
"In clear and simple language, Ezekwesili stated her determination to foster unity and equality among Nigerians if elected president of the country.
"She said she was determined to ensure that the constitutional rights of Nigerians would always be upheld by the government, noting that there was a need to address the growing rate of poverty in Nigeria as well as uphold the rule of law in the opportunities available to every Nigerian regardless of race, region, religion, status or gender," Aboyeji stated.
According to him, Mrs Ezekwesili said: “There is no doubt that Nigeria is a multi-plural nation.
"We are different people with diverse language, age, gender, religion, beliefs and status.
"As the president, I promise to play a role that acknowledges our differences yet fosters unity of diversity.
"All citizens will be accorded the fundamental rights guaranteed within the provisions of our constitution and laws".
Aboyeji then emphasised that as the President, Mrs Ezekwesili is obligated to protect human rights, which are not equivalent to gay rights.
What Ezekwesili said was that if elected, her administration would work collaboratively with the judiciary and the legislature to safeguard every citizen’s rights as guaranteed in our constitutional democracy and ensure the protection of human rights according to the rule of law,"Aboyeji added.
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