A Nigerian businessman who was reportedly "possessed by a homosexual demon" after swimming in a hotel pool in Kenya recently underwent a televised exorcism to restore his heterosexuality. In a video shown on a Nigerian Christian television network, the smartly-dressed man identified only as "Tegus" was first interviewed by an unnamed priest, Tegus tells how the demon inside of him made him "love men instead of women" and led him to download gay porn. This demon is one of many inside of Tejus and are responsible for his breakup with his girlfriend and his developing a "homosexual lifestyle:.
Talking to the demon supposedly inside Tegus, the priest calls him an "unclean spirit" as he began his exorcism. Tegus becomes visibly frightened and attempts to escape when the priests shouts the words, "Turn for Jesus Christ!" At this point, the priest has two attendants in matching red jumpers hold Tejus down as the priest continues with the exorcism.
After the priest tells the attendants to let Tejus go, he appears visibly disoriented while the audience begins to applaud. Tejus then says that he remembers nothing of what occurred before. In a crudely edited interview following the exorcism, Tejus described how the demon had first possessed him.
"After swimming, I went back to my room in the night to sleep and I had a dream. I dreamt where I saw myself swimming in the same pool and when I woke up, I felt something had entered me. I started having passion for men and going closer to my closer men. Before my journey, I had a fiancee. I had to ask her to quit the relationship because I had no passion for anymore - no more affections for her."
F0llowing the exorcism, Tegus insisted that he had "total deliverance" and now feels a 'passion for the opposite sex.' No word is given on whether he reunited with his fiancee.
With a population of more than 170 million people, Nigeria is one of the largest countries in Africa. Surveys indicate that over 97 percent of all Nigerians object to homosexuality and all homosexual acts are illegal there under the Criminal Code. In the southern Nigerian states, this can mean a maximum sentence of fourteen years. In the northern states however, where Sharia law applies to all Muslims, people convicted of homosexuality can be stoned to death.
While some church groups attempt to aid LGBT persons, this is often dangerous since their activities remain illegal despite international pressure. In the meantime, religious programming continues to broadcast their anti-gay message and "exorcisms" remain common.