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Muslims defend Nigeria's anti-gay bill

17 January 2014, 08:00

Lagos - A Muslim rights organization praises Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan for signing a bill that bans gay organizations, meetings and gay marriage, and commends him for resisting pressure from Western countries.

Muslim Rights Concern in a statement Thursday warns Western countries to "desist from interfering in its [Nigeria's] internal affairs."

The bill that Jonathan signed on 7 January brought widespread condemnation from abroad - including the United States, Britain, Canada, the European Union and the United Nations.

Muslim Rights says this confirms fears that the UN is a "tool of powerful capitalist nations".

The UNaids agency says the law could criminalise people in programmes to fight HIV-aids. The US says it violates the rights of all Nigerians to free speech and association.

- AP


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