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Reps urge FG to suspend implementation of Samoa Agreement

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The House of Representatives, on Tuesday, urged the Federal Government to suspend the implementation of the Samoa Agreement over the alleged Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender clause.

The House directed its Committee on National Planning to investigate the agreement within four weeks.

The Samoa Agreement is the overarching legal framework for the European Union’s relations with 79 countries. This includes 48 African, 16 Caribbean, and 15 Pacific countries.

Last week, a Nigerian daily news outlet, Daily Trust, ran a story that claimed the agreement contained a clause to legalise same-sex relationships in Nigeria.

However, the Nigerian government has countered the claim, stating that Nigeria has “existing legislation against same-sex relationships.”

The House resolution followed a motion of urgent public importance moved by the Minority Leader, Aliyu Madaki, and 87 others on the floor of the House on Tuesday.

This is as the legislative chamber directed its Committee on National Planning to investigate the agreement within four weeks and report back for further legislative action.

Reacting, the Federal Government denied the claim, stating that Nigeria has “existing legislation against same-sex relationships.” 

It also threatened legal action against the media house.




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