Sir Richard Branson Under Fire for Criticizing Nigerian Anti Gay law

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Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson, an English business magnate, best known for his Virgin Group of more than 400 companies, on Monday, got perhaps the harshest words from fans after he critically blogged about Nigeria’s anti gay law on his Virgin blog.

Mr. Branson on his blog said it is too sad to learn that Nigeria at this age passed a law to put gays behind bars – “just for being gays” – for 14 years. Branson, like other popular Brits, including the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, have openly condemned Nigeria’s anti gay stand even at the risk of the anger of Nigerians who popularly support the law.

“Like everyone else in society, gay people have an enormous amount to offer and Nigeria should embrace them not prosecute them,” Mr. Branson who ones owned Nigeria’s national airline said. “All of us with influence in Nigeria must do what we can to stop this cruel law. I would urge educated Nigerians all over the world to do what they can to help fight this discrimination.”

He described the law as “sad, repressive and cruel” but his did not go down well with his Nigerian fans sparking verbal war of sought between Nigerians and Brits on his blog.

Sir Branson was not also spared as fans verbally attacked his personality.

“He claim to support gay yet he’s married with kids.  As much as I love your person I think you’ve crossed the line here. Mind your own business! Efe-Ogege Olusegun Cfr said.

“Uncle Richard, you got it wrong this time. It’s a clear mandate from the Nigerians- meaning they don’t want gay. if you really care about Nigeria, there are various issues in the country that you and the so called educated Nigeria attend to not the gay law,” Eagle-Eye GP, a student of Obafemi Awolowo University replied on the blog.

“Sir Richard Branson, Nigeria just like every other African country has chosen to do what we think is best for us and we owe no one apologies for it,” Adedeji Adedoyin, commented on the blog-post.

“It is really sad that SRB would give support to an immoral act,” Shomoye Taiwo, another follower of the blog responded.

“U guys should leave us (Nigerians) alone. We don’t support and need gay marriage in our nation,” another respondent said.

The Nigerian senate, last week, passed a law prohibiting Same-Sex Marriage. The law provides that gay couples entering into either marriage or cohabitation will be jailed for up to 14 years.

“If there is any country that does not want to give us aid on account of this anti-gay law, it should keep its aid,” – David Mark, Nigerian Senate President has repeatedly said in face of foreign criticism of the law he personally oversaw.



  1. the western nations whose fathers brought us the gospel of jesus christ are falling away from grace.their so call freedom is turning into bondage-bondage of sin.thier economy is falling apart,but they cannot pick what god is all up to concerning them.i weep for you,but the lord,because of the fathers,will save you from dangers of destruction looming on your head.repentance toward god, and a holy living are marriage is an abomination before god.will you call something a freedom or peoples right that god hates?repent!!!.i love you all.

  2. ayomikun is absolutely right. I personally respect sir branson on business terms and it is pitiful to know he is in support of the anti gay law. I reside in Europe and his opinion, I’m sure, is based on the western mentality of freedom – what I like to call ‘bondage in disguise’.

    Following up on ayomikun’s comments, it is not a question of whether Nigerian law is seen as harsh or repressive as concerns gay marriage etc, rather it is simply a national rejection of a practice that is not only culturally unsound but spiritually uncomely. Gay-ism is simply an act of sin and rebellion toward God. It is a distortion of God’s original plan for companionship and fruitfulness, which clearly is supposed to be a union between opposite sexes. Obviously, someone who doesn’t believe in the supremacy or existence of God is bound to support gay marriages. Whether anyone chooses to believe God or not, the TRUTH remains so, that He exists and He will soon judge the wickedness and rebellion prevalent in the human race.

    Agreed, there are lots of sin in the world that far more exceed (or as the case may be, are lesser than) being gay, but my question to everyone (particularly anyone in support of gay legalisation) would be:
    “Should the prevalence of a greater offence give cause to excusing a lesser one and vice versa?” There may be other offences but if one offence poses to shake the moral and spiritual fabric of any community, then it should be accorded the necessary curb. Gay-ism, unquestionably, is in direct conflict with moral, cultural and spiritual standards and so has to be put in its place – OUT!

    If gay marriages are legalised, then many servants and ministers of God (as the speculations once reached me) can be prosecuted for refusing to join gay couples. How preposterous! Religious and spiritual matters are not to be trivialised as do many nations of the world today.
    No one is born gay as SRB protests. It’s like saying a person can be born with natural likeness for a certain type/shape of a female (if male) features or male (if female) body type. That, I’m sure, is never the case as I believe people grow on to embrace certain desires or preferences as times goes on.

    In this subject matter, the likeness for getting pleasure from the same sex is something I strongly believe is learned and therefore can be unlearned. There are cases of people who lived as gay, but as they later come to the realisation of God’s purpose for their lives and are convicted of their sin, turn away from same sex and live heterosexually thereafter.

    In conclusion, whilst I am not an advocate of damning anyone for parading themselves as gay (in fact, I cannot confidently comment on whether jailing them is justifiable considering God is the one who will judge all men/women of their sins), I definitely do not subscribe to it as a lawful union between two persons.

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