A tweet by self-acclaimed ‘table shaker’ Reno Omokri, concerning the recently dead Kenyan author and gay rights activist, Binyavanga Wainaina, has pitted him against some of his social media followers.

Reno had tweeted about Binyavanga Wainaina’s death on Wednesday:

“Binyavanga Wainaina’s death is sad. But it is a teachable moment for those who want to force the LGBTQ lifestyle down our throats.
It is a risky lifestyle. It leaves you susceptible to HIV/AIDS. If you have those urges, FIGHT it. Don’t EMBRACE it.”

However, his Twitter followers and others on other social media platform such as Facebook took him up on the issue.

While many berate Reno for what they tagged his criticism of Wainaina’s homosexuality, others say he has only expressed his point of view; yet others threatened to block or unfriend him for his view point.

See some of the reactions on Twitter:

But how will you fight your own urge to be irredeemably imbecilic?  –Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún @kolatubosun

Shame on you… more heterosexuals die of HIV than members of the queet community and you here preaching stupidity. Shame on you again. –Sexual Violence Activist @ActivistSexual

Na wa o, this kind tweet sha, it’s way off point oo –Albert Afeso Akanbi @RealAfesoAkanbi

Others take side with Reno:

If not a crazy 🤪 world how can a man fall in love with same gender like him when we have larger numbers of women’s LGBT is now the right thing it’s really crazy –A K A TBOY @TAIWOadeleke16

Truth be told –Legacy @gichenje

Only few will agree o…hmmmm! –Akan Ebong☔ @Akanebong

U are 100% right. Those saying rubbish should go and check the stat and see –Emmanuel Gabriel @Sabali_Eminent

Oh know the guy? He’s from my country where people have rejected the vice. –Steve Jay @SteveJumaaa

And on Facebook, the reactions are unsparing:

Pa Ikhide: Reno Omokri, you are despicable, and for this I am #BLOCKING you.

Beldina Auma This is an absolutely unacceptable comment, Reno Omokri! You forget that heterosexuals have also been dying of AIDS in large numbers. Should they also abstain all their lives (fight the urge as you put it)? R.E.S.P.E.C.T. is called for at all times! Respect yourself so you can respect others! Wainaina achieved significant milestones, such as his literary work and standing up for what he believed in, for which he was globally recognized. Let his fans celebrate his life in peace, without your petty, disrespectful whining!

Swat Sajoh This is too hash a comment for the grieving family and friends. Silence should have been better, Very unfortunate statement.

Bruce Ugiomoh Silence is the best answer for a fool was a popular quote in our days. Reno is a hypocrite like those who pretend to resent the LGBT community. Just to live up to the Joneses, they are forming piety. Homosexuality is on big time in the country. Even before the bogus Law. Anybody’s sexual preference should be respected. Reno cannot make hate speeches in the guise of unsolicited counsel when he lives in America. This quantity was part of our public workforce that almost plunged Nigeria into the abyss.

Anna Jäger beyond the hate, homophobia and ignorance in this and sadly many other posts since yesterday, what is most gut–wrenching is the shamelessness of (ab)using someone‘s death to push a completely unrelated agenda: he didn‘t die of anything remotely connected to aids or his sexuality (to be completely clear: if he did, it still wouldn’t allow for such cruel comments). i shudder at the coldness of hearts.

Akin Akintayo The teachable moment here should have been Reno Omokri first knowing the cause of death of Binyavanga before spewing out this idiocy, the young man had a hereditary condition that made him susceptible to strokes, a condition his father before him had and Binyavanga talked about it at his TEDx talk a few years ago. His untimely death was in absolutely no way connected or even remotely linked to his being in the LGBT community or his having HIV/AIDS. Reno Omokri’s ignorance and evil propaganda to promote his raging Homophobia is utterly contemptible, it is based on no facts, just a vile agenda supported by no evidence but an emotive appeal of the Pharisee; whose religiosity Jesus calling them a brood of vipers resisted and condemned with vehemence, for they neither helped the people nor allowed the people to access the temple freely.

Tunde Olaoye What I still don’t get is how Nigerian “Homophobics” love Canada. They want to relocate their families to Canada and they can’t tolerate homosexuality. How do you want to cope with the kind of education that your child will receive in Canada? That is a country that has embraced the rights of homosexuals 40 years ago. Show me a homophobic that wants to relocate to Canada, and I will see a bloody hypocrite.

Beldina Auma This is an absolutely unacceptable comment, Reno Omokri! You forget that heterosexuals have also been dying of AIDS in large numbers. Should they also abstain all their lives (fight the urge as you put it)? R.E.S.P.E.C.T. is called for at all times! Respect yourself so you can respect others! Wainaina achieved significant milestones, such as his literary work and standing up for what he believed in, for which he was globally recognized. Let his fans celebrate his life in peace, without your petty, disrespectful whining!

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