Bisi Alimi, a London-based LGBT+ rights activist originally from Nigeria is now receiving death threats after announcing that he plans to enter into Nigerian politics.
After publicly coming out on national television in Nigeria, Alimi was granted asylum in 2009 and has lived in the UK ever since. From London, he has been a vocal advocate for LGBT+ equality, both in his home country and internationally.
Announcing the news on Twitter, Alimi said that he was gearing up to "throw [his] hat" into Nigerian politics, fueled by a desire to challenge the status quo and make people believe that change is possible. If successful, Alimi would become the first openly gay Nigerian politician, in a country where homosexuality is illegal and punishment ranges from 14 years in prison to death by stoning.
The response to Alimi's announcement has been met with death threats, though, according to reports from Nigerian Newspapers Today.
"Please gather all the Nigerian gay along. After welcoming you home, we shall ensure that none of you escape, because we are going to burn and send you to hell, where you all belong!” wrote Isa Imodagbe.
“We are happily waiting. We shall gather our hands and beat you to stupor,” wrote Muoghalu Simon.
Alimi has yet to address the death threats directly, but did tweet that people should "never shut up against the trolls and bullies".