Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie has condemned the recent death sentence passed on three men alleged to be gay in Bauchi state of Nigeria.
The movie star took to his Instagram page to express his displeasure at the act of stoning people to death because of their sexuality.
“Stoning a man to death because he’s gay is wrong. Totally wrong. I’m not gay, I don’t plan to be. But gay people are human beings too. And should have rights too,” he posted.
The actor’s opinion on the issue comes days after news on Sharia Court in Bauchi has sentencing three gay persons to death by stoning made waves.
The accused persons reportedly had no legal representation to plead their case and were found guilty of sodomy and thereby sentenced by the Islamic court.
Though unnamed, the sentenced persons at the Bauchi Sharia court are two teenagers and a septuagenarian, according to the BBC.
LGBT rights are generally infringed upon and homosexuality is illegal in all of Nigeria and punishable by up to 14 years of prison in the conventional court system.