Reps tell FG to suspend implementation of Samoa agreement over controversy

The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to suspend the implementation of the Samoa Agreement.

The call follows the controversy and concerns that have trailed the agreement, regarding the plight of the LGBTQ in the country.

The house also said it will investigate the agreement signed by the federal government on June 28.

The lower chamber passed the resolution, following the adoption of a motion of urgent public importance sponsored by Sani Madaki, the minority whip, and 87 other lawmakers.

The agreement recently sparked controversy following reports that some lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) provisions found their way into the pact.

According to the European Council, the Samoa Agreement is the overarching framework for European Union (EU) relations with African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries.

The agreement serves as a new legal framework for EU relations with 79 countries, including African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries.

The agreement covers six priority areas, which are democracy and human rights; sustainable economic growth and development; climate change; human and social development; peace and security; and migration and mobility.

Nigeria did not sign the agreement initially, as the federal government said it was still studying the pact.

The signing of the agreement has been dogged with claims that it seeks to compel developing nations to support LGBTQ agitations.

However, Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, clarified that the federal government ensured that the agreement did not contravene the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and other extant laws.


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