Cross River Daily reports that former Cross Rivers State Governor and presidential aspirant for 2019 elections, Donald Duke has backtracked on his comments about homosexuality in Nigeria, stating that the nation’s law against homosexuality stands.
The presidential aspirant had on a show, ‘On The Couch’, promised that he would not crimanlize homosexuality if he won the 2019 elections, howthat, he will give homosexuals the “protection of the law”, a comment many interpreted to mean legalizing the act.
“I don’t understand the emotional feelings a gay person would have towards 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,” Donald Duke.
However, Duke, in his latest post on Instagram, admitted that same-sex affair remained a crime in Nigeria.
He wrote: “Recently, a statement I made during an interview concerning gay rights and homosexuality has been construed as the affirmation of my homosexuality and same-sex marriage.
“Nothing is further from the truth. Homosexuality is a crime in Nigeria and ought to remain so.
“What I, however, did say is that I would not go seeking homosexual for prosecution as this is liable to abuses and as such would rather not delve into the sexuality of an individual.
“For the avoidance of doubt, our law on homosexuality stands in fact and in my moral rectitude”.