Obama asked Nigeria to delay anti-gay bill, reports claim

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 01: President Barack Obama speaks at a press conference on October 1, 2015 in Washington, DC. According to reports, 10 were killed and 20 injured when a gunman opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

A claim has been made that former US President Barack Obama asked the former President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan to delay the bill asking to imprison people for the term up to 14 years for being gay. The claim was made by former Senate President David Mark, who believes that Obama asked his Nigerian colleague to delay the bill because of the Presidential election which was going to take place in the USA then. But the bill was passed forward in 2013 and officially became a law a year later. Mark wrote about it in his book. He wrote: “President Jonathan called me that President Obama had sent to him a message of concerns about the bill. That was in 2012 at a time Obama was seeking a second term in office. President Jonathan asked what could be done and I told him that not only was I committed to the passage of the bill that was also the position of the National Assembly.
“I said the only thing I could do was delay its passage till after the American presidential election. But I assured him that the same-sex marriage was not something we would legalise in Nigeria. We delayed it for a few months after that, but we eventually passed the bill into law and President Jonathan had to assent.”

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