LAGOS, March 21, 2008 – A
shocking story of mob violence has emerged which almost culminated in the
death of one of the leaders of the Changing Attitude Nigeria (CAN) group in
The violent attack occurred at the
funeral ceremony held yesterday for the sister of Davis Mac-Iyalla, attended
by six members of the Port Harcourt group on Thursday 20 March 2008.
Attacked was the CAN Port Harcourt
leader who is not being named.
“I am in total shock and living in
fear while feeling the pains,” the victim said.
“I suffered in the hands of a mob
group that attacked me at the Service of Songs for Davis’s late sister.
While hymn singing was going on a muscular man walked up to me and asked me
for a word outside the compound.
“The next thing I saw was a mob
group who were there to attack me.
“They started slapping and punching
me, kicked me on the ground and spat on me.
“I have never known fear like I
knew when they were brutalizing me. I thought they were going to kill me
there and then.
While beating me they were
shouting: ‘You notorious homosexual, you think can run away from us for your
notorious group to cause more abomination in our land?’
“Those who attacked me were well
informed about us so I suspect an insider or one of the leaders of our
Anglican church have hands in this attack,” he added.
Davis Mac-Iyalla, Director of
Changing Attitude Nigeria, learning of the attack, said: “Please hold the
Port-Harcourt group in your prayers as we seek Gods guidance on this ugly
and sad period of testing in our life.”
Speaking from Devizes in Wiltshire,
England, Colin Coward, the director of Changing Attitude called on the
Church of Nigeria to denounce the attack.
“The attack on one of the CAN
leaders in Port Harcourt is a terrifying indictment of the attitude of the
Church of Nigeria to LGBT people.
“Violence against LGBT people has
been encouraged by Archbishop Peter Akinola and the leaders of the Church of
Nigeria. They have attacked the presence of LGBT in church and society, and
supported a bill which would reinforce prejudice against LGBT people.
“Changing Attitude calls on the
Church of Nigeria to denounce violence against LGBT people.
“We challenge the leaders of the
global south coalition to repent of their un-Biblical views which fuel
prejudice against LGBT people in our Communion.
In a statement, Changing Attitude
Nigeria said: “The thugs who attacked the Port Harcourt leader told him:
‘We will not rest until we silence you and any who join you to pollute the
land with the abominable act of homosexuality. You are perverts who go
around corrupting and inducting young people into our evil society. We will
kill you and it will be a favour to the country. Nigeria will not contain
you or any other person that practises homosexuality’.
||Changing Attitude website
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Posted: 21 March 2008 at
22:30 (UK time)