‘Homosexuality is a crime in Nigeria and ought to remain so’ – Donald Duke

Former Governor of Cross River State and Presidential aspirant, Donald Duke, has clarified the homosexuality comment credited to him while on a recent interview with Falz and Laila on the viral show ‘On The Couch’.


Donald Duke who disclosed how he intends to lead the country on the show, disclosed that he won’t criminalize gay people. He reportedly said;

 “I don’t understand the emotional feelings a gayperson would have toward someone of their sexuality. I don’t understand it. But I would not criminalise them. I would ensure that they have the protection of the law. But if they want to exhibit their sexuality, then that’s an affront on the current norms of society.”

However reacting the statement which generated controversy, Donald Duke alleged that he was taken out of context and that ‘Homosexuality is a crime in Nigeria and ought to remain so’. 


His new statement reads;

'Homosexuality is a crime in Nigeria and ought to remain so' - Donald Duke lailasnews 1

Recall also that the interview was centered on food, before the presidential aspirant made it known. that he wanted to talk about gender and then delved into homosexuality. When one of the anchors, Falz asked him what he meant by to ‘exhibit their sexuality’, he narrated a scenario of arriving at New York and to see two men kissing.

“On a serious note, society has certain norms. There are certain things you can do in New York, England, and Nigeria that you cannot do in Saudi Arabia. You have got to respect the laws of society. When you are in Rome, behave like the Romans. Don’t swim against the tide.”

When the show’s co-anchor, Laila Johnson-Salami asked if he would have a gay person in his cabinet, Duke said: “His sexuality is private to him, I don’t want to know. It’s not my business. My business is can he perform the assignment that has been assigned to him?”

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