House of Reps Clarifies that they did not call for Samoa Agreement suspension

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The House of Representatives has denied reports suggesting that it passed a resolution calling for the suspension of the implementation of the Samoa Partnership Agreement by the Federal Government. The clarification was provided by the House spokesperson, Hon. Akintunde Rotimi, on Wednesday.

Rotimi clarified that lawmakers sought to investigate questionable clauses in the agreement to ensure their compliance with the constitution, laws, and national interests. Rather than suspending the implementation, the House urged the government to engage in thorough consultations and involve stakeholders in discussions about the agreement.

This decision came about after Rep. Aliyu Sani Madaki (NNPP, Kano) presented a motion, co-sponsored by 88 lawmakers, expressing concerns about clauses allegedly supporting the LGBT community and potentially infringing on Nigeria’s sovereignty.

He stated, “During the debate, concerns were raised regarding alleged clauses purportedly mandating support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community as a prerequisite for financial and other aid from developed nations.

“Additionally, apprehensions were expressed about several specific articles within the agreement, including Articles 2.5, 29.5, 36.2, and 88, which some lawmakers believe may not align with Nigeria’s national interests and values, especially in the absence of a reservation clause.

“Rep. Aliyu Sani Madaki argued that Article 97 of the agreement, which asserts the supremacy of the agreement over any conflicting treaties involving European Union (EU) member states or the Organisation of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (OACPS), potentially infringes upon Nigeria’s sovereignty.

“In response, House Leader, Rep. Julius Ihonvbere (APC, Edo) clarified that the agreement, as officially presented, does not include provisions related to a $150 billion fund or any clauses promoting LGBT rights in Nigeria, contrary to public speculation.

“Emphasising the importance of parliamentary oversight, House Minority Leader, Rep. Kingsley Chinda (PDP, Rivers) underscored the need for transparency in treaty negotiations, citing Section 12 of the Nigerian Constitution (1999, as amended), which mandates parliamentary involvement in such matters”.

He further noted, “It is important to clarify that the House of Representatives did not resolve to call for the suspension of the agreement nor for the suspension of its implementation, as has been erroneously reported by some media houses.

“Instead, the House resolved to thoroughly scrutinise the Samoa Partnership Agreement for all contentious clauses through legislative hearings.

“Furthermore, the House mandated its Committees on Treaties, Protocols and Agreements; Justice; and National Planning and Economic Development to engage with relevant stakeholders to address any ambiguities in the agreement. The Committees are expected to report back to parliament within four weeks.

“In reaffirming its commitment to shaping Nigeria’s foreign policy in line with national interests, the House emphasises its Legislative Agenda 7 (Influencing and Directing Nigeria’s Foreign Policy) to harmonise constitutional requirements with the Treaty Ratification Act for consistency and transparency,” he added.

Blessing Ajoku
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Blessing Ajoku is a passionate politics editor who has a profound interest in the political world.

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