MPs reject Samoa deal, call on federal government to suspend implementation

MPs reject Samoa deal, call on federal government to suspend implementation

The House of Representatives has rejected the Samoa agreement, asking the federal government to suspend its implementation until all controversial clauses are clarified.

This follows the adoption of a motion of urgent public importance by Rep. Aliyu Sani Madaki (NNPP, Kano) and 80 others during plenary on Tuesday.

Madaki had drawn attention to the clause emphasizing gender equality, saying it was a “Trojan horse” that could violate the country’s morality.

In his contribution, the House Minority Leader, Rep. Kingsley Chinda (PDP, Rivers), said Parliament was not involved in the process of signing the agreement which generated controversy.

He wondered why Nigerians were being kept in the dark about what was in the deal.

Similarly, the Leader of the House of Representatives, Rep. Usman Bello Kumo (APC, Gombe), said the House would never support any agreement that is against the beliefs, norms and culture of Nigerians.

The authors of the motion therefore urged the House to examine the agreement in depth.

The House adopted the motion and referred it to its appropriate committees for further legislative action.