House of Reps Calls for Suspension of Samoa Agreement Pending Review

The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to suspend the implementation of the Samoa Agreement until an investigation into the pact is concluded and all controversial clauses are clearly defined to ensure compliance with Nigerian laws.
The House has directed its relevant committees to investigate the agreement and report back within four weeks for further legislative action.
Representative Aliyu Madaki, who moved the motion during yesterday’s plenary, highlighted a specific clause on “gender equality,” describing it as a potential “Trojan horse” that could conflict with the country’s moral values. He noted that critics have raised significant concerns, interpreting this clause as a possible recognition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) rights, which contradicts Nigeria’s strict anti-same-sex marriage laws enacted in 2014 under then-President Goodluck Jonathan.
The House has tasked its relevant committees with investigating the controversial provisions of the agreement to ensure they align with Nigeria’s constitutional, religious, and cultural values.
The Samoa Agreement, signed between Nigeria and the European Union, aims to enhance food security and foster inclusive economic development, among other critical areas. However, its provisions have sparked a wave of online backlash, primarily focused on the perceived inclusion of LGBT rights.
At a press conference on Saturday, Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Atiku Bagudu, alongside Minister of Information, Mohammed Idris, reassured the public that Nigeria would not enter into any agreement that contradicts the constitution or the cultural and religious sensibilities of its diverse population.
The Samoa Agreement, signed last November by the European Union, its 27 member states, and 79 member states of the Organisation of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (OACPS), aims to equip the parties better to address global challenges such as climate change, ocean governance, migration, health, peace, and security.
Nigeria signed the agreement on June 28, 2024, although it only came to public attention recently following Minister Bagudu’s disclosure.
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