“I won’t criminalize Gay Nigerians.” – Donald Duke

Presidential aspirant and former Cross River State governor, Donald Duke in a recent interview with Falz and Laila on the viral show ‘On The Couch’ has explained his views on how he intends to lead the country. He spoke about SARS and his views, he also declared that he will not treat Nigerian gays as criminals. In his words:
‘I think we are an under-performing and under-achieving nation and the basis of our problem is poor leadership’. Of course I would scrap SARS, because I do not subscribe to the force where people carry arms and they’re not in uniform.

Concerning LGBT rights in Nigeria he said:
“I don’t understand the emotional feelings a gay person would have toward someone of their sexuality. I don’t understand it. But I would not criminalise them. I would ensure that they have the protection of the law. But if they want to exhibit their sexuality, then that’s an affront on the current norms of society.”

On whether he can have a gay person in his cabinet, he responded:
“His sexuality is private to him, I don’t want to know if he’s gay. It’s not my business. My business is if he can perform the assignment that he’s been assigned.”

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