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Reps Urge FG to Suspend Samoa Agreement Implementation

Boom RadioNG | July 9, 2024
House of Representatives, Federal Republic of Nigeria

The House of Representatives, prompted by a motion of urgent national importance sponsored by 88 members, has called on the Federal Government to suspend the implementation of the Samoa Agreement. This suspension is requested until all controversial clauses within the agreement are thoroughly addressed and clarified.

During the session on Tuesday, Representative Aliyu Madaki highlighted concerns about the clause on “gender equality,” describing it as a potential “Trojan horse” that could conflict with the moral standards of the country. The House has also tasked its relevant committees with investigating these contentious provisions.

The Samoa Agreement, signed between the Federal Government and the European Union, has sparked significant controversy. Many believe that the agreement implicitly supports Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) rights, which contrasts with Nigeria’s 2014 law prohibiting same-sex marriages and gay relationships enacted under former President Goodluck Jonathan.

At a press conference on Saturday, Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Atiku Bagudu, alongside Minister of Information, Mohammed Idris, reassured that Nigeria would not enter into any agreement that contradicts the nation’s constitution or its cultural and religious values. Bagudu emphasized that the agreement aims to enhance food security and promote inclusive economic development.

 

House of Representatives, Federal Republic of Nigeria

House of Representatives, Federal Republic of Nigeria

The Samoa Agreement, signed by the European Union, its 27 member states, and 79 member states of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) in November 2023, is intended to address emerging global challenges such as climate change, ocean governance, migration, health, peace, and security. Nigeria joined the agreement on June 28, 2024, but its details came to public attention following Bagudu’s disclosure.

A review of the agreement by the European Parliament noted initial drafts included provisions for LGBT rights, but these were removed in the final agreement. Instead, the agreement now emphasizes “gender equality,” with Article 2, clause 5, stating, “the parties shall systematically promote a gender perspective and ensure that gender equality is mainstreamed across all policies.”

 

 

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