But these paragraphs from the article caught my attention [emphasis mine]:
Even though homosexuality is already illegal in Nigeria and in the north can be punishable by stoning the guilty party to death, a further bill was deemed necessary following developments abroad. Gay unions in Nigeria are now punishable by five years imprisonment without the option of a fine. Minister Ojo added that people who support or aid these gay unions could be liable for the same punishment. Furthermore, pro-gay protests and public displays of homosexuality have all been made punishable offences.Make no mistake -- there is an Obasanjo-Akinola link at the center of all this:
President Olusegun Obasanjo is a firm supporter of Archbishop Peter Akinola, the head of Nigeria's Anglican Church, which is strongly opposed to same-sex marriages and the inclusion of gay priests into the Church worldwide.
- Homosexuality is already illegal -- all the legislation (pdf) would do is ban speech and other civil liberties in support of homosexuality.
- What does Archbishop Akinola get out of this? Changing Attitude Nigeria would be banned.
- What does President Obasanjo get out of this? He shores up support among Northern Muslims going into his bid to change the Nigerian constitution to allow him a Third Term.