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LGBTQ: ‘Relevant stakeholders still studying agreement’ — FG Clarifies Stance on EU Partnership pact

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‘Relevant stakeholders still studying agreement’ — FG clarifies stance on EU partnership pact

BY CLAIRE MOM

Nigeria has confirmed its absence at the signing of the Samoa agreement, a partnership between the member countries of the Organisation of Africa, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) and the European Union (EU).

The Samoa agreement is intended to serve as an overarching legal framework for relations between the African, Caribean and Pacific states (ACP) and the EU for the next 20 years and was slated to be signed on November 15 (Wednesday).

The partnership is one of the oldest and most comprehensive frameworks for cooperation between the EU and third countries and succeeds the Cotonou agreement which was signed in 2000.

Member states of the pact comprise 47 African countries, including Nigeria, 16 from the Caribbean, 15 Pacific nations, and the Republic of Maldives.
However, against all expectations, Nigeria announced on Thursday that it was absent at the agreement’s signing.

A statement signed by Francisca Omayuli, spokesperson for the federal ministry of foreign affairs, said stakeholders were still studying the agreement.
“The attention of the Federal Government of Nigeria has been drawn to diverse pronouncements and publications on the implication of Nigeria signing the New Partnership Agreement, known as the Samoa Agreement, between the Member States of the Organization of Africa, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) and the European Union (EU),” the statement reads.

Omayuli added that “the general public is invited to note that Nigeria was not represented at the Signing Ceremony, which took place in Samoa on Wednesday, 15th November 2023 and hence has not signed the Agreement”.

“Relevant Nigerian stakeholders are currently studying the Instrument with a view to ensuring that its provisions do not contravene Nigeria’s domestic legislation,” she said.
The agreement covers subjects such as sustainable development and growth, human rights and peace and security.

However, a coalition of civil society organisations (CSOs) has protested against Nigeria’s participation in the agreement, describing the pact as “deceptive”
Source: Thisday

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Former Kogi Governor, Ibrahim Idris Loses Son, Hon Mohammed

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Reports reaching SunriseNigeria indicate that former member of the House of Representatives, Hon Mohammed Ibrahim Idris has died.

Mohammed, son of a former governor of Kogi State,  Alhaji Ibrahim Idris reportedly slumped and died on Wednesday while preparing to go for the Eid-el-Fitr prayers.

Late Hon. Mohammed Ibrahim Idris

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BREAKING: FG Approves Thursday As Additional Public Holiday For Eid-el-Fitr

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The Federal Government has declared Thursday, April 11, 2024, as additional public holiday to commemorate Eid-El-Fitr.

This was made known in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr Aishetu Ndayako, shared on the ministry’s X account on Tuesday.

The statement said, “The Federal Government has approved Thursday, April 11, 2024 as an additional public holiday to celebrate this year’s Eid -El-Fitr.

“The Minister of Interior, Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, while congratulating the Muslim Ummah for a successful completion of a month of spiritual rejuvenation, reiterates President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s firm commitment to providing a safe and prosperous Nigeria for all to thrive.”

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