– Nigerians have continued to express divergent reactions to a proposed legislation in the House of Representatives, seeking the prohibition of cross-dressing in the country.

OrderPaper had on Tuesday, broke the news about a bill sponsored by Muda Lawal Umar (APC, Bauchi), proposing a 6-month jail term or a fine of five hundred thousand Naira for defaulters, being passed for first reading.

As contained in a copy sighted by our correspondent, the bill is titled ‘An Act to Amend the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act 2013, In Order To Prohibit Cross-Dressing and For Related Matters.’ 

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Section 3 (1) of the bill, however, excludes punishment for cross-dressing in the course of a stage play or in any bona fide public entertainment.

From reactions garnered from the microblogging platform, Twitter; Nigerians have been reacting to the development in a variety of ways, with the majority expressing their disappointment with the lawmakers over the bill at a time when the country faces very serious challenges.

We have documented some of these reactions below:

From a cross-dresser

The security angle

The PVC agent

The gender warlords


And of course, the funny reactions:



Muda Lawal Umar is the member representing Toro Federal Constituency of Bauchi State at the 9th House of Representatives.

First elected in 2019 to the green chamber under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), he currently serves as Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Legislative Budget and Research.

Elected as one of the youngest federal legislators in the country (at age 33), he sponsored three bills as of mid-term of 9th National Assembly (2019 -2021).

Lawal has also sponsored a number of motions including an October 6 2020 motion calling on the Federal Government to immediately reorganise the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Nigerian Police Force.



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