Samoa Agreement Had Nothing To Do With LGBTQ Rights – FG

  • The Federal Government dismissed a report claiming the Samoa agreement endorses LGBTQ rights and provides $150 billion to Nigeria
  • Minister Bagudu clarified the agreement aims to foster cooperation between the EU and OACPS on trade, human rights, and the environment

The Federal Government has dismissed a newspaper report claiming that the Samoa partnership agreement signed on June 28 endorses the rights of LGBTQ people in Nigeria. The government also refuted the claim that Nigeria would receive $150 billion for entering into the deal.

Minister of Budget and Planning Atiku Bagudu clarified at a press conference in Abuja on Saturday. He was joined by his counterpart from the Ministry of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, to address the Daily Trust Newspapers report.

The report alleged that the Federal Government signed an agreement containing clauses that required Nigeria to endorse the rights of LGBTQI people, and claimed that the country would receive $150 billion for signing the deal. This report has sparked social, religious, and cultural tensions, becoming the subject of sermons in mosques and churches.

Bagudu recalled that the agreement, commonly called the Samoa Agreement, was signed at the Organisation of Africa, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium, on June 28. The partnership is between the European Union and its member states on one side, and members of the OACPS on the other. Negotiations for the agreement began in 2018, and it was signed on November 15, 2018, by all 27 EU member states and 47 of the 79 OACPS states.

The African Regional Protocol on the deal consists of two parts: a framework for cooperation and areas of cooperation, including sustainable economic growth, environment, and human rights protection.

Reacting to the report, Bagudu stated it was untrue. He emphasized that the agreement did not mention $150 billion or LGBTQ rights. He assured President Bola Tinubu, a proud Nigerian, that he would never sign any document that could harm Nigeria’s laws and constitution.

Bagudu clarified that the agreement aims to foster cooperation between the EU’s 27 members and the OACPS’s 79 nations, focusing on trade agreements, human rights, and environmental promotion. Nigeria signed the agreement after extensive reviews and consultations by an interministerial committee involving the Ministries of Budget and Economic Planning, Foreign Affairs, and Justice.

He reiterated that any provision inconsistent with Nigerian laws would be null and void, emphasizing that the government had clarified this. He referenced the existing law against same-sex marriage since 2014 and assured Nigerians that the Tinubu administration would not enter into any international agreement detrimental to the country’s interests.

Bagudu highlighted the benefits of other international agreements Nigeria had entered into, including water, sanitation, education, and agriculture improvements. He reiterated that the Samoa Agreement focuses on economic development, security, environment, migration, mobility, climate change, investment opportunities, sustainable development, and mutually beneficial cooperation. He stressed that no article in the agreement supported LGBTQ rights and that everything signed was in line with Nigerian laws.

Bagudu assured President Tinubu that he respects Nigeria’s diversity and will not authorize any agreement that undermines the constitution or laws. He urged the media to be truthful and patriotic in their reporting to protect national interests and avoid discouraging international investors.

He reminded the media of the importance of supporting Nigerians working to secure foreign investments and cooperation and urged them not to undermine these efforts through inaccurate reporting.


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