Samoa Agreement Signed: FG Claims Act in Nation’s Best Interest

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Samoa Agreement Signed: FG Claims Act in Nation's Best Interest

The federal government has stated that the signing of the Samoa agreement was conducted in the best interest of Nigeria.

The agreement includes clauses that require underdeveloped and developing nations to support the LGBT community’s recognition as a condition for receiving financial and other support from developed countries.

Named after the Pacific Island Samoa, where it was signed, the agreement is gaining traction despite opposition from many nations with strong Islamic and Christian values.

In a statement on Thursday, Minister of Information Mohammed Idris clarified that Nigeria signed the agreement on June 28, 2024, after extensive reviews by an interministerial committee. He assured that none of the 103 articles contravenes Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution or other extant laws.

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“Nigeria’s endorsement was accompanied by a Statement of Declaration, clarifying that any provision inconsistent with Nigerian laws would be invalid. It is important to note that there is existing legislation against same-sex relationships in Nigeria enacted in 2014,” Idris said.

The minister emphasized that the agreement serves as a legal framework for cooperation between the OACPS and the European Union to promote sustainable development, combat climate change, and foster international collaboration.

More Criticism for Tinubu’s Government

Nigerians have criticized President Bola Tinubu’s administration over the agreement. Many have taken to social media to express their discontent, citing concerns over cultural and religious values.

Abdulkarim Muhammad Abdullahi, writing from Abuja, condemned the agreement, calling it a “treacherous anti-Muslim project.” On X (formerly Twitter), Abdul-Aziz Na’ibi Abubakar urged Muslims to reflect on their voting decisions, questioning whether Islamic leadership is being upheld.

Other social media users echoed these sentiments, calling the government’s actions disgraceful and shameful. Some called for a stronger stance against the agreement, while others warned of potential unrest if cultural values are compromised.

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