Suspend implementation of Samoa agreement – Reps tell Tinubu’s govt

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The House of Representatives has told the President Bola Tinubu administration to suspend the implementation of the Samoa Agreement.

This is due to the alleged Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) clause.

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

The House resolution was sequel to a motion of urgent public importance brought on the floor of the green chamber by the Deputy Minority Leader, Aliyu Madaki, and 87 others during plenary on Tuesday.

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 national daily in its lead story, alleged that the agreement contained a clause to legalise same-sex relationships in Nigeria.

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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