Samoa Agreement: No Clause on LGBTQ or $150 Billion for Nigeria – Bagudu

Samoa Agreement
Samoa Agreement

Senator Abubakar Bagudu, Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, clarified that the Samoa Agreement signed by Nigeria does not include any clause on LGBTQ rights or a $150 billion provision for the country.

Bagudu emphasized that Nigeria signed the “Partnership Agreement between the European Union and its Member States and members of the Organization of the Caribbean and Pacific States.” He denied any connection between the agreement and LGBTQ rights, noting that Nigeria’s participation came with a declaration outlining the nation’s understanding of the agreement.

He further stated that the agreement includes 103 foundational articles and 79 African region-specific protocols, none of which conflict with Nigerian laws. Bagudu assured that any international agreement Nigeria enters must align with its constitution and laws, rendering anything contrary null and void.

“President Tinubu respects Nigeria’s cultural sensitivity and diversity and would never approve anything that damages our values,” Bagudu said.

Bagudu made these remarks at an emergency press briefing in Abuja, alongside Minister of Information and Orientation Mohammed Idris, and Presidential Special Assistant on Information and Strategy Bayo Onanuga.

Government’s Response to Misinformation

Minister Idris condemned the Daily Trust newspaper for spreading false information about the government signing an LGBTQ agreement in exchange for $150 billion. He highlighted that the government might pursue legal action against the publication.

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Idris assured that the Samoa Agreement contains no provisions related to LGBTQ rights and reiterated that President Tinubu would not sign any agreement against Nigeria’s constitution, laws, culture, and religion.

He warned against misleading media reports, advising religious leaders to verify information before using it to criticize the government. Idris expressed concern over how the erroneous report influenced Friday sermons and created unnecessary tension.

Government’s Commitment to Press Freedom and Legal Action

Idris maintained that while the government supports press freedom, it would not tolerate fake news and misinformation that threaten national security. He criticized Daily Trust for consistently publishing misleading reports, including false claims about military bases and renaming of roads.

The minister announced plans to file a formal complaint with the Newspaper Proprietors of Nigeria (NPAN) Ombudsman and pursue legal redress.

“The Federal Government remains committed to ethical media practices and free speech but will not tolerate fake news that endangers national peace and security,” Idris stated. He reiterated the government’s dedication to transparency and promised to uphold honesty in disseminating information.

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