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Tuesday, 25 September 2018 22:28

Nigerian presidential candidate Eunice Atuejide says homosexuality isn't a crime before moderating her language

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Eunice Atuejide, who founded the National Interest Party and is running for president of Nigeria, said homosexuality isn't a crime and no one should go to jail for being gay, before moderating her language.

During a YouTube show, she said: "Homosexuality is not a crime," before adding: "It can be immoral, it may be unacceptable because of our cultures, it may be to be the worst thing our kids can do to us. But it's not a crime! Why would you want to go to jail because you decide that instead of following a woman, you want to follow a man? As long as you do it away from me, it's not a crime."

She insisted she isn't homophobic, "I have lots of bisexual and completely gay friends, and I respect them and I love them."

Speaking to the camera, she added, "Please, guys, that's right. I love you. I respect you. I can not be you. I do not know it, I do not understand it. But I accept it. I respect him.

"They made a choice and it's just that we respect all those choices. Oh my god, I'm going to have enemies," said the politician.

Eunice Atuejide answered another presidential candidate, Donald Duke, who said homosexuality should remain a crime.

"Homosexuality is a crime in Nigeria and should remain so," Duke said.

While Atuejide' language aren't acceptable, they open a dialogue on homosexual relationships. In Nigeria, anyone found guilty of same-sex relationships is sentenced to imprisonment for up to 14 years. But in 12 states in the north of the country, they apply Sharia law, that is to say the Koran law, taking into account that the administrators of these states have their own reading of the religious book.

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