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CSO Raises Alarm Over LGBTQ Agreement

Representatives of civil society organizations in Nigeria have expressed displeasure over the planned signing of a new partnership agreement between the European Union (EU) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states.

The agreement tagged the ‘EU-ACP’ was scheduled to be signed on November 15th, 2023. 

The Chairman of the Human Rights Committee, Sonny A. Kosi, raised concerns over provisions in the deal that contradict Nigeria’s values.

Kosi lamented that the adoption of the agreement subtly promotes LGBTQ ideology which is at variance with Nigeria’s philosophical, communal and religious norms. He cited the lack of time given to parliamentarians to thoroughly scrutinize the treaty before the scheduled signing.

He urged the Nigerian government, foreign affairs ministry and parliamentarians not to append their signatures to the document. Kosi warned that doing so would be like signing a death warrant for the country.

The human rights activist further raised concerns that the EU wants to impose their views on parenting and early childhood sexuality education on Africans through the deal. He said Nigeria should follow Ghana and Namibia who have rejected signing the agreement.

Meanwhile, the federal government of Nigeria, insists that it has not signed any act saying that it was absent at the signing of the Samoan agreement.

The agreement is a partnership between the member countries of the Organization 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, Caribbean 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.

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