Samoa Agreement: Reps demand suspension as NBA faults same-sex allegation

Written by on July 10, 2024

The Nigerian Bar Association, on Tuesday, defended the Federal Government’s endorsement of the Samoa Agreement, declaring it contained no clause on same-sex marriage.

President of the NBA, Yakubu Maikyau (SAN), waded into the controversy surrounding the pact as the House of Representatives asked the Federal Government to suspend the implementation of the agreement signed by the country on June 28, 2024.

The lawmakers also resolved to investigate the agreement.

Named after the Pacific island nation of Samoa, where it was signed on November 15, 2023, by the European Union and its member states and the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, the agreement serves as the new legal framework for the EU relations with 79 countries, comprising 48 African, 16 Caribbean and 15 Pacific countries.

The partnership between Nigeria and the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States dates back to the Georgetown Agreement of 1975, which brought together countries in Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific for the establishment of a framework for trade and development cooperation with the European Union as one of its objectives.

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