(EDGE) Goodluck Jonathan, the former Nigerian president who in 2014 signed a bill criminalizing same-sex relationships, gay groups and public displays of affection by gay and lesbian citizens in the African nation, says his country is showing signs of making an about-face on the the anti-LGBT law, Bloomberg reports.
Speaking a forum at Bloomberg's European headquarters in London Monday, Jonathan surprisingly spoke about equality for all citizens in his nation.
"In the light of deepening debates for all Nigerians and other citizens of the world to be treated equally and without discrimination, and with the clear knowledge that the issue of sexual orientation is still evolving, the nation may at the appropriate time revisit the law," he said.
Jonathan's comments are in stark contrast to the "Jail the Gays" bill he signed into law in 2014 that contained penalties up to 14 years in prison for those found guilty of involvement in gay marriage or civil union.
In 2015, International Business Times reported that the US put pressure on Nigeria to scrap the draconian law.
"As a policy, we will continue to press the government of Nigeria, as well as other governments that have provided legislation that discriminate against the LGBT community," said Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US assistant secretary of state for African affairs. Thomas-Greenfield's comments were made the day before Nigeria's then president Mhammadu Buhari was set to visit Washington, D.C..
Jonathan served as president of Nigeria from 2010 to 2015. In 2015, he contested and lost his bid for re-election to Buhari.