Akinola, Repudiate Anti-Gay Violence

March 24, 2008

Gay Man Attacked at Mac-Iyalla Funeral

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Some of the young men of Changing Attitude Nigeria

(press release e-mailed by Davis Mac-Iyalla, director of Changing Attitude Nigeria)

Changing Attitude Nigeria leader narrowly escapes death

Changing Attitude calls on the Primate and bishops of the Church of Nigeria to
condemn attacks on homosexuals

A shocking story of mob violence has emerged which almost culminated in the
death of one of the leaders of the Changing Attitude Nigeria (CAN) group in
Port Harcourt. The violent attack occurred in the context of the funeral
ceremony being held for the sister of Davis Mac-Iyalla, attended by six
members of the Port Harcourt group on Thursday, 20 March 2008.

The CAN Port Harcourt leader who was the subject of the attack said:
“I am in total shock and living in fear while feeling the pains I suffered in
the hands of a mob group that attacked me at the Service of Songs for Davis’s
late sister. While hymn singing was going on a muscular man walked up to me
and asked me for a word outside the compound.

“The next thing I saw was a mob group who were there to attack me. They
started slapping and punching me, kicked me on the ground and spat on me. I
have never known fear like I knew when they were brutalizing me. I thought
they were going to kill me there and then. While beating me they were
shouting: ‘You notorious homosexual, you think can run away from us for your
notorious group to cause more abomination in our land?’ Those who attacked me
were well informed about us so I suspect an insider or one of the leaders of
our Anglican church have hands in this attack.”

Colin Coward, Director of Changing Attitude England, said:
“The attack on one of the CAN leaders in Port Harcourt is a terrifying
indictment of the attitude of the Church of Nigeria to LGBT people. Violence
against LGBT people has been encouraged by Archbishop Peter Akinola and the
leaders of the Church of Nigeria. They have attacked the presence of LGBTs in
church and society, and supported a bill which would reinforce prejudice
against LGBT people.

“Changing Attitude calls on the Church of Nigeria to denounce violence against
LGBT people. We challenge the leaders of the global south coalition to repent
of their un-Biblical views which fuel prejudice against LGBT people in our
Communion.”

Davis Mac-Iyalla, Director of Changing Attitude Nigeria, learning of the
attack, said: “Please hold the Port Harcourt group in your prayers as we seek God’s guidance on this ugly and sad period of testing in our life.”

The thugs who attacked the Port Harcourt leader told him: “We will not rest
until we silence you and any who join you to pollute the land with the
abominable act of homosexuality. You are perverts who go around corrupting and
inducting young people into our evil society. We will kill you and it will be
a favour to the country. Nigeria will not contain you or any other person that
practices homosexuality.”

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