Reps Urge FG To Suspend Samoa Agreement Implementation

… As uproar grows.


Tuesday, July 16, 2024 at 12:28 PM

Written by England

The House of Representatives has requested that the Federal Government halt the implementation of the Samoa Agreement until all contentious provisions are addressed and clarified in response to a motion of urgent national concern that was supported by 88 members.

House member Aliyu Madaki brought attention to the section that promotes "gender equality" and characterized it as a Trojan horse that could transgress national morality when she moved the resolution on Tuesday.

The House also directed its pertinent committees to look into the contentious parts of the deal.

The Samoa Agreement, which the Nigerian government signed with the European Union, has been the subject of controversy. Many people disagree with what they perceive to be the acknowledgment of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) rights by the Nigerian government.

The Samoa pact generated a flood of online emotions, with many opposing LGBT rights, which contradicts the anti-same-sex marriages and gay relationships law signed by then-President Goodluck Jonathan in 2014.

At a press conference on Saturday, Minister of Budget and Economic Planning Atiku Bagudu, along with his counterpart in the Ministry of Information Mohammed Idris, stated that Nigeria will not enter into an agreement that is contrary to the constitution as well as the religious and cultural sensibilities of Nigeria's diverse people.

Bagudu stated that Nigeria signed the deal to improve food security and inclusive economic development, among other critical areas.

Last November, the European Union, its 27 member states, and 79 member states of the Organisation of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (OACPS) signed an agreement in Apia, the capital of the Pacific island country of Samoa. Hence, it was referred to as the ‘Samoa Agreement’.

Edited By: Anibaba

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