Oby Ezekwesili clarifies her statement on gay rights at Chatham House


The Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) presidential candidate Obiageli Ezekwesili took to Twitter to clarify her statement made during her speech recently at the Chatham House.

Several news outlets report that Oby has pledged to treat members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) community equally.

Oby responded to the question asked by Bisi Alimi, a Nigerian gay rights activist, that she discriminates against the LGBT community based on her Christian faith to which the former World Bank vice-president said in her government, everyone will be treated equally.

The Cable. reports,

I absolutely believe in the fact that everyone is entitled to equal opportunity. So at the realm of public policy, it wouldn’t matter to me what your belief is, what you chose to believe it,” Ezekwesili said.

“It is basically the fact that equality of opportunity will define my time in government, I believe that equality of opportunity offers everyone the right to live.

“It offers everyone, the right to aspire, that will definitely be the way that I run the government that I shall lead.

Oby has claimed that her response to the question was misconstrued while maintaining that she will “uphold the basic Human Rights of every Nigerian.”

“This in no way equates or translates to me supporting or approving Gay Rights. It appears that some people are genuinely confusing Constitutional Rights due to every one regardless of their sexual orientation as Gay Rights. That is not correct.

“As a Christian who has a strong scriptural anchor, I don’t subscribe to the Gay or Lesbian life choice. This was always publicly declared and known by those who follow me including Bisi Alimi who asked me the question at Chatham House.”