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House of Representatives Clarifies Position on Samoa Partnership Agreement

Naija Reps Deny Asking Tinubu Govt To Suspend Implementation Of (via Primetweets)

A recent statement from the House of Representatives refuted claims that it had requested the Tinubu-led government to halt the implementation of the Samoa agreement.

The House spokesperson Hon. Akintunde Rotimi clarified that the House’s resolution aimed to examine the contentious clauses reportedly included in the Samoa Partnership Agreement to ensure alignment with constitutional provisions, existing laws, and national interests.

The Green Chamber also called on the Federal Government to conduct thorough consultations and engage stakeholders on matters concerning the agreement.

A Motion of Urgent National Importance titled ‘Alleged Controversial Samoa Partnership Agreement by the Federal Government’ was brought forward by House Deputy Minority Leader Rep. Aliyu Sani Madaki, along with 88 other lawmakers, leading to significant discussions in the Green Chamber.

The motion focused on enhancing food security and promoting inclusive economic development but raised concerns about clauses allegedly supporting the LGBT community and certain articles that might not be in Nigeria’s best interests.

Rep. Aliyu Sani Madaki highlighted issues with Article 97 potentially impacting Nigeria’s sovereignty, while House Leader Rep. Julius Ihonvbere clarified that the agreement did not mention a $150 billion fund or LGBT rights provisions as rumored.

The House Minority Leader Rep. Kingsley Chinda stressed the importance of transparency in treaty negotiations, referencing the Nigerian Constitution’s Section 12, which mandates parliamentary oversight in such matters.

The House clarified that it did not call for the suspension of the agreement but rather opted to scrutinize it thoroughly through legislative hearings. Committees were mandated to engage with stakeholders and report back to parliament within four weeks to address any ambiguities in the agreement.

Reiterating its commitment to shaping Nigeria’s foreign policy, the House emphasized aligning with national interests through consistent and transparent practices.

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