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#EndSARS: We’re also fighting for LGBTQ+ community: Feminist Coalition

The group of gender activists now recognised as the face of the #EndSARS movement restates its commitment to preserving the rights of LGBTQ+ in Nigeria.

• October 18, 2020
#EndSARS protest used to illustrate the story
#EndSARS protest used to illustrate the story

Feminist Coalition, a group of gender rights activists, says it is now expanding its campaign against police brutality to include a call to restore the dignity of members of the LGBTQ+ community in Nigeria.

“Our communal fight to #EndSARS is inclusive of the LGBGTQ+ community who are also harassed, assaulted and killed by police,” the group said on Twitter Sunday evening. “They deserve the same justice we seek & even more so, as they are also a target of the law. You can’t be what you fight against!” 

LGBTQ+ is widely defined as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer and others.

The comments came days after Twitter’s Jack Dorsey recognised the group as the face of the ongoing campaign to end police brutality in Nigeria. The police special anti-robbery squad, which sparked the movement, was abolished on October 11 amidst uproar.

But Nigerians have continued their agitation, demanding investigation of decades of rights abuses and compensation for victims.

On Sunday afternoon, Segun Awosanya, a rights activist who began the campaign to rid the country of police brutality in 2017, withdrew his participation in further protests, saying those leading it are becoming increasingly dangerous with an insurrection plot being introduced to the campaign.

Mr. Awosanya quickly criticised the coalition as shifting the goal post on Sunday evening, declaring their “agenda” as “dead on arrival.”

Feminist Coalition Tweet
Feminist Coalition Tweet

Nigeria has a law against gay marriage since 2014, but it was condemned as primitive at the time it was passed and several groups have continued to push to upturn it.

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