Former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, who signified interest in the 2019 presidential election has revealed his stance on gay rights in the country .
On a TV programme called, On The Couch , Duke revealed that he would not criminalise homosexuality, as long as it is not exhibited publicly.
He shared the video of the programme , where he was a guest on his Twitter handle , @Donald _ Duke .
The conversation had been centered on food before the presidential aspirant made it known . He wanted to talk about gender and then delved into homosexuality.
He said : “ I want to talk about gay rights. I don ’t understand it because I ’ m straight. I don’ t understand the feelings , emotions , a gay person would have of their sexuality . I don’ t understand it but I will not criminalise them . I will ensure they have the protection of the law.
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But if they want to exhibit their sexuality , that is an affront to the norms of the society , the current norms . ”
When one of the anchors , Falz asked him what he meant by to ‘ exhibit their sexuality ’ , he narrated a scenario of arriving at New York and to see two men kissing .
He added , “ You can be gay but keep it in your house.”
“ On a serious note , society has certain norms . There are certain things you can do in New York, England , and Nigeria that you cannot do in Saudi Arabia . You have got to respect the laws of society . When you are in Rome, behave like the Romans. Don ’ t swim against the tide. ”
When the show’ s co – anchor , Laila Johnson – Salami asked if he would have a gay person in his cabinet, Duke said : “ His sexuality is private to him , I don’ t want to know . It’s not my business . My business is can he perform the assignment that has been assigned to him ?”