By Yemi Adebowale
Beyond collaborative efforts on Boko Haram, lifting stiff sanctions on gay relationships in Nigeria will top the agenda of bilateral talks between President Obama and President Buhari as Buhari visits Obama in Washington DC on July 20, 2015, BREAKING TIMES first reported on June 26, 2015.
According to a report by Suzanne Nossel in the Foreign Policy magazine, on June 29, 2015 “President Buhari, has mostly avoided tipping his hand on the anti-gay law. During the campaign he was accused of having cut a deal with Western governments to promise to abolish the statute in return for international support for his presidency. He denied the charges through a spokesman who announced that Buhari would not pursue repeal of the law. On July 20, Buhari is scheduled to visit Washington where — while they will almost certainly take a backseat to discussions of collaboration against Boko Haram — LGBT rights abuses are sure to be raised.”
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According to the Foreign Policy report, “Given the virulently anti-gay attitudes in Nigeria, a sharp reversal in approach by Buhari seems unlikely. Ramped up Western pressure may even stiffen Buhari’s public support for the law in order to prove he is not beholden to outside influence.”
Meanwhile, President Buhari has been silent on the ‘gay agenda’ issue as the Nigerian Presidency is yet to confirm or deny the report.