Washington - US diplomats and officials worked to dissuade
the Nigerian government from passing its new anti-gay law that threatens openly
homosexual people with lengthy imprisonment, a State Department spokesperson
"A variety of [US] officials have continuously raised
this since the law was first proposed in draft form," said Marie Harf.
She said the law is inconsistent with Nigeria's signature on
the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday had even stronger
words, saying it "dangerously restricts freedom of assembly, association
and expression for all Nigerians."
Harf said the new law echoes other disturbing anti-gay
trends in Africa, such as in Uganda, Cameroon and Zambia.