Bolu Okupe, the son of a former top Nigerian presidential aide has come out as gay, prompting his vehemently homophobic father to lament the “spiritual challenge” ahead.
In other words, former presidential spokesperson Dr Doyin Okupe won’t be winning any ‘Father of the Year’ awards after he voiced his disapproval of his son, Bolu Okupe, said he’s “gay AF” in a viral Instagram post.
But the 27-year-old’s father, Doyin, the former special assistant on media and publicity to ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo who dubbed being gay “un-biblical and un-African”, was unimpressed.
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Taking to Twitter, Doyin wrote: “I have been aware of this his new orientation for a while now.
“He knows that as a Christian and a witness for Christ (an evangelist) I am vehemently opposed to homosexuality as it runs contrary to the avowed precepts of my Christian faith.
“For me, I look beyond the surface or the physical. Here I see a major spiritual challenge ahead but I know as my God liveth, this whole saga will end up in Praise to the Almighty Jehova who I serve day and night.”
Bolu Okupe battles homophobes who say he would be a ‘corpse’ if in Kenya
But Bolu suffered stinging criticism from social media users as well as from his own family, with one Instagram user saying that if he were in Kenya he would “be a corpse”.
“Your whole mentality is tragic,” Boyo blasted back. “I feel sorry for you.
“Your religion has turned you into a psychotic imbecile that you think it’s OK to kill people? First, you said to stay in France with your stupidity – sir, who do you think gave Africans Christianity?
“The French and the English pushed the religion on you that you are calling,” he added, reflecting on the haunting legacy of British colonialism, where longstanding penal codes remain as artefacts of England banning homosexuality in the 16th century.
In Nigeria, queer locals spar with the looming threat of 14 years imprisonment and the death penalty, with human rights charity bosses that say homosexuality “is an inch higher” than incest and with police units that brutally molested and tortured them.
The country is, after all, among the most dangerous countries in the world for LGBT+ people.
“You are delusional,” Boyu added. “I hope one day you will educate yourself. If not, I don’t care – you will die ignorant and on the wrong side of history.”