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Tinubu launches livestock ministry, honours late mother + MPs urge FG to suspend Samoa accord – Trending With Ojy Okpe

Tinubu launches livestock ministry, honours late mother + MPs urge FG to suspend Samoa accord – Trending With Ojy Okpe

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s approval of the creation of a new Ministry of Livestock has sparked reactions on social media. The President made the announcement on Tuesday when he inaugurated the Livestock Reform Implementation Committee, Renewed Hope, at the State House in Abuja, appointing himself as the Chairman.

The move is intended to put an end to recurring clashes between herders and farmers that have led to destruction of lives and property across the country, he said. 88 members of the House of Representatives have tabled a motion of urgent national importance calling on the federal government to suspend the implementation of the Samoa Agreement until all controversial clauses of the agreement have been addressed and clarified.

The Nigerian federal government has come under criticism since the agreement was signed. Many Nigerians have expressed concern over sections of the agreement that they fear may promote the rights of the LGBTQ community, which contradicts Nigeria’s 2014 anti-same-sex marriage and anti-homosexual relations law.

On Tuesday, House of Representatives member Aliyu Madaki pointed to Article 2.9 of the Samoa Accord, which emphasizes gender equality, and described it as a Trojan horse that could harm the country’s morals. Other House members debated the motion in plenary, both for and against it.

The Nigerian Bar Association has supported the Samoa Accord signed by the government, saying that the association would have advised the government to reject the agreement if it had included provisions relating to the LGBTQ+ community.

The NBA said it was one of the parties invited by the Nigerian federal government to review the agreement before it was signed. It added that the Samoa agreement recognises Nigeria’s law banning same-sex marriage and the supremacy of the 1999 Constitution and therefore does not in any way undermine Nigeria’s sovereignty.

Kano State Governor Abba Yusuf has directed the state Hisbah Board to crack down on groups suspected of campaigning for LGBTQ rights in the state.

The governor issued the order amid growing tensions over the activities of a group called the Women Initiative for Sustainable Empowerment and Equality, which allegedly advocates for same-sex marriage in the state.

According to the state’s information commissioner, their activities are against the state’s moral norms and against Sharia law. An official of the Kano State Hisbah Council, Idris Ahmed Gama, who works as a medical officer there, was arrested on Monday for condemning the arrest of some LGBTQ members. Gama denied being a member of the LGBTQ community and said he was merely invited to a workshop held by the human rights group Women Initiative for Sustainable Empowerment and Equality.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Tuesday paid tribute to his late mother during the performance of a stage production titled “Abibatu Mogaji The Play” held in her honour at the State House, Abuja. The President’s mother, who passed away on June 15, 2013 at the age of 96, left behind a remarkable legacy of service to family, community, the underprivileged and the nation.

The President said he inherited his resilience, determination and discipline from his mother, who was tough and determined. During the presentation, the President noted that the entertainment industry deserves more attention and recognition as it revives history and imparts knowledge of past events to the younger generation.

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