Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

A cross-cutting cleavage

The textbook descriptions of cleavages in Nigeria usually outline geographic, ethnic, and religious cleavages as coinciding (reinforcing). Here's an example that doesn't fit that model.

Mass Nigerian arrests for gay sex in Lagos State
More than 40 men have been arrested in Nigeria over the weekend for performing homosexual acts, police say…

Nigerian newspaper Punch reports that the police raided a hotel in Lagos State on Saturday afternoon and says the hotel was cordoned off while the investigation was carried out.

Homosexual acts are punishable by up to 14 years in jail in Nigeria…

The BBC's Chris Ewokor in the capital, Abuja, reports that Nigeria has an influential Christian evangelical movement in the south and strong support for Islamic law in the north, both of which oppose homosexuality…

The country has had a ban on gay relationships since 1901, and in 2013 also outlawed same-sex marriages, gay groups and shows of same-sex public affection.

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