Delta state Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan
The governor of a Nigerian state has claimed that “a cult of teenage homosexuals” has been uncovered.
Emmanuel Uduaghan, governor of Delta, one of 36 Nigerian states, made the pronouncement in his Easter message at the First Baptist Church in Warri on Sunday.
According to the Vanguard newspaper, he claimed that the teenagers – between the ages of 15 and 18 – are part of a sect named Yansh.
Uduaghan said that the teens live in rented apartments in the city where they sell their bodies to other men.
“These are our sons and men come to sleep with them. It is through the Edu Marshals Programme that we discovered them,” he stated.
“We used to know about female harlots, now we have male harlots. Unfortunately they are young boys. There is much government can do, but there is more we can do as parents,” Uduaghan added.
The report repeats the widely held belief in some African countries that homosexuality, child abuse and male prostitution are intrinsically linked.
Gay sex is illegal in Nigeria with 14 years imprisonment. Twelve northern states in Nigeria operate under Islamic Sharia law that allows homosexuality to be punished with death by stoning.
Anti-gay sentiment has swelled in recent months after the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill earlier this year also outlawed same-sex relationships and anyone who supports or operates gay clubs, societies and organisations.