Ace rapper Nigerian rapper, Jude Abaga, also known as M.I Abaga, has bared his thoughts about the discrimination against homosexuals in Nigeria.
The rapper was speaking about the Taxify incident where a driver sexually assaulted a lady by grabbing her breast and squeezing her nipple after she told him she was a lesbian.
He criticized the anti-gay rights law in Nigeria when he featured on a podcast show, Middle Ground, which was hosted by the trio of April Maey, Loose Kaynon, and Wendy Akomolafe-Kalu.
According to the Chocolate City boss, there is nothing wrong with being gay or lesbian, therefore, there is no reason homosexuals shouldn’t be allowed to be who they are.
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“I feel like I have a few friends with different sexual orientations and I think it’s stupid that we have that law in Nigeria, but now that we do, until the law is repealed, I feel it’s not safe to openly disclose your sexuality.
As the discussion veered off into lesbianism, gay rights, moral ethics and what not, M.I could be heard talking at length about how everyone is entitled to their sexuality.
“It’s not my business what anybody does. And what I mean [by that] is, it’s my privacy. Everybody has a right to their privacy.
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“If you bring a tape of two men having sex, then you can prove [they are gay]. But for the most part, how are you going to prove without fringing on someone’s right or privacy – going through their phone. It almost seems to me to be an unenforceable law.”
Of course, this did not go down well with a few of his fans who traded words with the artiste while he further revealed how less care is given to homosexuals.
A somewhat disappointed fan @Giddylee responded to the conversation via Twitter saying:
“I never thought I’d ever disagree with M.I on anything, but saying Nigeria’s law on Gays/Lesbian is wrong…I totally disagree, sir.”
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Another fan @frenemic tweeted: “I’m terribly disappointed.”
However, M.I clarified his standpoint, saying:
“My thinking… I was born straight. I wd never want 2b punished 4 who I am… because of this, I wouldn’t punish som1 else for who they are.
“Cheating and adultery are wrong… but they are not criminalized… and no form of consensual adult expression of love should be… my opinion”.