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Cross-dressing: Between concerns for morality and passion to make money

Some parents and guardians in the Federal Capital Territory have decried the growing trend of cross-dressing among youths and called for measures to curb it.

They spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja.

According to them, the call becomes imperative following the level of popularity and acceptance cross-dressers are gaining among youths, with many following them as fans.

They lamented that asides the recently convicted Idris Okunneye, popularly known as Bobrisky, the self-acclaimed ‘Mummy of Lagos’, there are other emerging cross-dressers with huge followers.

Mr. James Chukwueze Obialor, popularly known as WF James Brown

They said such popular cross-dressers include Jay Boogie, who was born Daniel Nsikan; James Brown, whose baptismal name is James Obialor, ‘Miss Sahhar’ and Noni Salma, among many others.

According to the parents, the ‘Bobrisky menace’ is an epidemic that requires punitive measures to effectively check it, in addition to a comprehensive value re-orientation among young Nigerians.

Our moral fabric is tearing apart and the future must be rescued. We must cry out urgently -school Principal

Mrs. Uche Daniels, a school principal, said although Bobrisky was convicted for abuse of the Naira, his statement of being “a social media influencer with over five million followers,” called for concern.

Mr. Michelle

“Imagine Bobrisky having over five million followers on social media! Of course, that is a huge number, comprising our children who are gradually being drifted towards accepting and following a wrong lifestyle.

“He said before the court that he was a social media influencer; but the question should be about whether the influence is positive or negative on society and our moral orientation.

“Consider how many of the number are children whose sexual orientations have changed as a result of his influence and how many upcoming Bobriskys he has raised.

Mr. Okuneye Idris Olanrewaju aka Bobrisky

“Our moral fabric is tearing apart and the future has to be rescued. We must cry out urgently,” Mrs. Daniels said.

we must do something now to stop every upcoming ‘Bobrisky.’ Else, an era of confusion awaits us

Mrs. Zainab Ododo, a parent and culture enthusiast said, “I travelled for an event to a part of the country recently and what I saw made me wept. You need to see a group of young boys dressed and wore women’s hair and makeup without any iota of shame. I wondered if they were Nigerians.

Mr. Onyx Godwin Ogaga

“How did we get here? And this is why I feel the government and the law enforcement agencies should come in against this identity crisis menace.

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“Many parents are in pain today as a result of Bobrisky and his likes’ activities, and we must save ourselves from this drift from morality and godliness.”

Also, a legal practitioner, who decided to be identified as Mr. Michael, said: “I have heard arguments that Bobrisky and other cross-dressers have the right to be who they want to be.

Crossdresser Jefferson Ndoma

“But I have repeatedly asked the advocates of such fundamental human rights if they would allow a cross-dresser to enter the same female toilet with their wives because he dresses like a woman.

our present situation stems from abandoning everything that makes us unique as a people and embracing practices that are alien to our values -Legal practitioner

“Of course, the answer has always been an emphatic ‘No’, and that is why we must do something now to stop every upcoming ‘Bobrisky.’ If not, an era of confusion awaits us in the nearest future.”

“As Africans, our sexual orientation is two-folds: a child is either a male or a female; boy or girl; and man or woman.

Mr. Daniel Anthony Nsikan, aka, Jay Boogie

“I strongly believe that our present situation stems from abandoning everything that makes us unique as a people and embracing practices that are alien to our values.”

A cleric, Rev. Sam Davidson, said, “The Holy Books (Bible and Quran) recognise only male and female sexes and explicitly condemn imitating the appearance of the opposite gender.

“I understand that the Police recently said that there is no provision in the law suggesting that cross-dressing in Nigeria is a crime, but something has to be done to save our children.”

Mr. Johntel Peters, aka, Jpblush

However, some youths who spoke with NAN expressed divergent views and appeared unperturbed about the concerns of the parents and guardians.

cross-dressing among young people is just a means to gain popularity and attract teeming followers on social media for monetary gains -youths

Some said cross-dressing among young people was just a means to gain popularity and attract teeming followers on social media for monetary gains, adding that those involved are not transgender.

A skit maker, Sammy Dan, said, “I think those involved are just ‘catching cruise’ and to attract followers on social media to make money, so there is nothing to worry about.

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“You know Bobrisky has really made a lot of money from this whole cross-dressing thing? That is why others, including James Brown, decided to join the train.

“The country is hard and there is no job for guys, so everyone wants to ‘blow’ by any means.”

The country is hard and there is no job for guys, so everyone wants to ‘blow’ by any means -Skit maker

Miss Esther Danladi, a corps member, said, “My worry is about the way cross-dressing trend is going and very soon, it may become the norm.

“There are two genders created by God; male and female, and these are further identified with how we dress. Any alteration is ungodly and is morally wrong. We must do everything possible to stop this bad trend, if not, our collective future will be in danger.”

NAN recalls that a Bill seeking to prohibit cross-dressing in Nigeria failed to pass second reading at the House of Representatives in December 2022.

The legislation was titled, ‘A Bill for an Act to Amend Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, 2013 to Prohibit Cross Dressing; and for Related Matters (HB.1938).

a Bill seeking to prohibit cross-dressing in Nigeria failed to pass second reading at the House of Representatives in December 2022

Those who opposed the bill were of the opinion that a country like Nigeria with cultural, religious and ideological diversity, should be more tolerant and accommodating of people who choose to express themselves differently.(NAN)

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