A South Africa based Nigerian Pastor Charles Awuzie, who reacted to the recent walk of shame gay men caught in Aba were forced to undertake, was dragged into an exchange with a follower who said they deserved to die.
On the lynched gay men, Pastor Charles Awuzie had written;
I posted about gays being lynched in Aba and this brother said they DESERVED TO BE KILLED. Chai.
Religion is wicked.
No gay deserves to die. They deserve to be loved and shown Christ like every other human.
Religious Nigerians share same extremist tendency with Boko Haram – no difference. I just hope you all are seeing the Wickedness of religion.
I am not gay… I am very straight…. But I love gays enough to put my reputation on the ground and defend their blood. That’s love. Love is not defending tithe and false prophets, love is defending HUMANITY.
Here is the exchange he had with a follower over the post;
We had reported before now, that Nigerian LGBT activist, Romeo Oriogun, who won the 2017 Brunel International African Poetry Prize for his “beautiful and deeply passionate” writing on masculinity and desire in the face of LGBT criminalization and persecution, took to Facebook to slam homophobes who assaulted a gay man in Imo State.
Here’s what he wrote;
HE DIDN’T STEAL, HE DIDN’T MOLEST ANYONE, HE DIDN’T RA.PE ANYBODY, HE DIDN’T HURT ANYBODY. HE WAS LYNCHED BECAUSE HE DARED TO LOVE, BECAUSE HE DARED TO BE HIMSELF. FU.CK! IT IS 2018 AND HOMOSE.XUALS ARE STILL TREATED AS ANIMALS, ARE STILL TREATED AS PEOPLE WITHOUT RIGHTS. NIGERIA WILL BREAK YOU TILL YOU FORGET YOU ARE HUMAN. WHO GAVE PEOPLE THE RIGHT TO LYNCH A HUMAN BEING? DAMN! THIS IS STUPID, THIS IS SO STUPID. NOBODY DESERVES TO GO THROUGH THIS KIND OF HELL.
JUST IMAGINE AFTER LYNCHING HIM AND HIS PARTNER, THEY WERE ALMOST SET ABLAZE BEFORE THE POLICE ARRESTED THEM AND THEY WERE ONLY RELEASED TO A LAWYER BECAUSE OF THEIR INJURIES. THEY LOOTED THEIR PROPERTIES; PHONES, CASH, MOTORCYCLE, EVERYTHING. NIGERIA IS A SAD EXCUSE FOR A COUNTRY.
NIGERIANS WILL BLAME QUEER PEOPLE FOR EVERYTHING YET IT IS IN THIS COUNTRY THAT CATHOLIC PRIESTS AND THEIR PARISHIONERS WERE KILLED BY HERDSMEN, IT IS IN THIS COUNTRY THAT POLITICIANS LOOT OUR TREASURY AND WALK FREELY AS THEY ARE HAILED, IT IS IN THIS COUNTRY THAT HEALTH CARE IN RURAL AREAS IS NOTHING TO WRITE HOME ABOUT, DESPITE OUR MANY PROBLEMS NIGERIANS ARE NOT BOTHERED, THEY RESERVE THEIR ANGER FOR QUEER PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY ARE THE CAUSE OF EVERYTHING, BECAUSE WHAT THEY DO WITH THEIR BODIES WILL MAKE THE ECONOMY CRUMBLE. RUBBISH.