OrderPaperToday – Ondo governor, Olusegun Mimiko and the State House of Assembly have been petitioned over the lynching of a gay, Akinnifesi Olubunmi by an irate mob in Ondo town.
The governor and members of the state assembly are being demanded to ensure justice for the dead by bringing those who partook in the mob action to book.
The petition by Projekthope Nigeria signed by its Executive Coordinator, Mr. Steve Aborisade, drew the governor’s attention to a “disturbing occurrence that happened in Ondo town on February 17, 2016, at which a young man, Akinnifesi Olumide Olubunmi met his untimely death in the hands of a mob, allegedly beaten to death for being a homosexual.”
According to the petition, “reports surrounding his death suggest that he was caught having sex with his partner who is now on the run.”
The petition noted that “the manner of this young man’s death has sent shock waves across the world regarding the texture of our humanity, the value we attach to life, and the nature of our society and of ourselves as a people.”
According to Projekthope, “nowhere did our laws prescribe death as penalty for our sexuality, and assuming it does, which it did not, there is nowhere that any Nigerian is permitted to die extra judicially.
“Section 34 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) provides that no person shall be subjected to torture or inhuman or degrading treatment. Section 33(1) of the Nigerian Constitution also guarantees the right to life for every Nigerian and states that no person shall be intentionally deprived of their life except in execution of a court order.”
The petition therefore demanded of the governor and state assembly as elected representatives of the people to “as a matter of urgency to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to book, wherever they may have run to.”
While making a strong case for gay rights, Projekthope urged tolerance among Nigerians and enjoined them to “demonstrate that the value of respect for diversity, peaceful coexistence and strength of character at the heart of the founding fathers of our nation exist still and is taken seriously enough by our leaders.”