You know your priorities are messed up when your country is ravaged by jihad violence and you think the best use of your time is harassing innocent people. That’s exactly what Nigerian Muslim Mustapha Baba Ilelah, the chairman of Bauchi State Sharia Commission, is doing. Instead of dealing with any of the very real problems in Bauchi State, which is governed under sharia law, Ilelah and his 7th-century BFFs are putting their efforts into a mass roundup of gays. What they’re doing with them after detaining them is not pretty.
Likely jealous of the superior fashion and cultural sense enjoyed by most gays, Ilelah and his Sharia Commission felt something needed to be done. As is commanded by Muhammad, pigs be upon him, in the Hadith, gays are supposed to be put to death under Islamic law, though the Sharia Commission has yet to do so likely for PR reasons. However, Ilelah says that the death penalty is to be carried out against them, with a judge determining whether or not it should be done by public stoning or injection.
In the past two weeks, 11 gay men and zero lesbians were arrested, according to Ilelah. Ten of them were Muslims. Others have estimated the number of arrests to be as high as 38, instead of 11. While in custody, the men are believed to have been tortured. Ilelah claims Muslims in the men’s communities helped the Sharia Commission “fish out” the “suspects.” I don’t understand why Muslims would want to stick their noses into their neighbors’ sex lives – unless they wanted to watch.
The eleven people who were arrested all signed confessions, which were likely given under duress. The “suspects” withdrew their confessions when brought into court, which calls into question the validity of what was written. However, now that a confession is on record from each of them, chances are, they will be penalized. “They have never been tortured, they have never been beaten, they have never been intimidated,” Ilelah said. Uhh, if that were the case, why would they sign confessions to something that would only get them in trouble, especially for something that shouldn’t be any sort of crime in the first place? Human rights groups’ reports contradict Ilelah’s story, with people having come forward about being coerced into paying law enforcement personnel not to “out” them to their families. Others reported detainees having been tortured into giving up the names of their gay friends and associates.
Ilelah also made this ominous comment that does not bode well for the future of LGBT people in Bauchi state: “We are on the hunt for others.” It’s open season on gays in Nigeria…