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Tinubu Gets Updates On Daily Trust’s Samoa Deal Report’s Controversies

…as FEC demands apology

President Bola Tinubu and the Federal Executive Council (FEC), on Wednesday, got updates on the controversies ignited by a publication by a national daily, Daily Trust, about the Samoa agreement, and the steps being taken to seek remedy from the publishers.

The newspaper had reported that the Federal Government had acquiesced to clauses in the deal requiring Nigeria to endorse the rights of Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI+) persons in the country in order to obtain financial grants of up to $150 billion via the Samoa Agreement.

The Samoa Agreement serves as a vital legal framework for cooperation between the Organisation of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (OACPS), and the European Union, with the aim of promoting sustainable development, fighting climate change and its effects, generating investment opportunities, and fostering increased collaboration among OACPS member states at the international stage.

The agreement was signed on 28 June 2024, at OACPS Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium.

Briefing State House reporters after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by the President at the Presidential Villa, the Minister of Informational and National Orientation Mohammed Idris,  reiterated that the report was false and misleading.

He said that the Council had endorsed his decision to report Daily Trust to the press Ombudsman in the country – the Nigerian Press Council – to compel the newspaper to refrain from circulating the wrong information and to apologize to the government and Nigerians.

He said it was regrettable that some Nigerians have come up with different insinuations which were totally incorrect, following the report which he said were intended to cause confusion and mislead the people against the government.

The Minister said: “FEC deliberated on the Daily Trust report on the Samoa agreement and concluded that it was meant to mislead the people against the government. We have written to the Ombudsman to call the newspaper to order.

“We will wait for the Ombudsman report but will also urge the press to report responsibly even as the Tinubu-led administration recommits to press freedom.

“Tinubu government has no intention to gag the press or act in any way seen to be inhibiting media workers’ rights, they are seen as a strong pillar towards fostering democracy in the country.

They should ensure fake news has no footing in Nigeria. The report has damaged the psyche of some Nigerians”.

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