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Reuben Abati, TIERs and the Nigerian LGBT

The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs) in partnership with YNaija.com has announced the speakers at the 2016 Human Rights discussion conference themed: Human Rights, Sexuality and the Law.

The conference, which will take place on December 14, 2016 at Four Points by Sheraton, Victoria Island, Lagos, will be an earnest inquiry into the issues of human right violations in Nigeria and it is organized to mark the 2016 International Human Rights Week.

Speaking on the selected speakers for the event, Olumide Makanjuola, Executive Director of TIERS, said, “Human Rights in Nigeria is an issue that requires a serious examination. It is an important discussion that we need to have as a society and as a country. Speakers at this year’s event were selected based on their long standing on the issues of human right violation, law and protection in Nigeria.” (To confirm your attendance for this event, click HERE)

The panel – which includes Abayomi Shogunle, Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) at Nigeria Police Force; Cheta Nwanze, Chief Executive Officer, SBM Intelligence; Latasha Ngwube, Founder, About That Curvy Life/Content Writer at Vanguard Allure Magazine; Joy Isi Bewaji, Writer, Lifestyle Editor, Presenter, Publicist, Scriptwriter, Author at Happening Magazine; and Ayokunle Odekunle, Associate, Kenna Partners (Barristers and Solicitors) & Director, Corporate and Legal at BBG Media Group; Osikhena Dirisu (Osi Suave), On Air Personality and TV host – will be moderated by Chioma Agwuegbo, Founder at TechHer. And the keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Reuben Abati, the former Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

Following the announcement of the distinguished guests expected to address the attendees of the conference, notable among them Dr. Abati, who served as the mouthpiece of President Jonathan and hailed the antigay law he signed into existence, there was an uproar on the social media over the choice of the keynote speaker.

Among the voices of dissent was that of gay rights activist, Bisi Alimi, who took to his Facebook page to denounce what some others believed to be an unsuitable fit for an LGBT event.tier1tier3tier4tier5

There have also being other voices weighing in on the contention, both arguing in favour of and against the association Reuben Abati has with such a prestigious LGBT event, considering his past disdain for the Nigerian LGBT community.tiers1tiers2tiers3tiers4

What are your thoughts?

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  1. In her recent eassay about the US election, Chimamanda said: “The responsibility to forge unity belongs not to the denigrated but to the denigrators.”
    It is not the Nigerian LGBT’s responsibility to engage or pander to these people who have reviled us. They owe it to us to engage us, to APOLOGIZE, to take the first step toward unity. Reuben Abati ought to have recanted every horrible thing he said about the LGBT before taking a stand to represent the LGBT in any forum, let alone a TIERs event.
    On Human Rights, no less. Imagine the irony.

  2. But this is a public event that discuss issues of LGBT and a platform to explore the issues. It’s not a community based event. If it was, why will be launching a human rights violation to the community that was violated? I don’t know much of both parties but let not allow bisi alimi to turn us against people doing real work and not social media activism

  3. At least hear what he has to say.

  4. Pauline 'Lina' Ife

    At least let’s hear him out then we can take it up from there.

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