NBA reveals its role in Samoa Agreement signing


The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, said it played part in the signing of Samoa Agreement $150bn loan obtained by the federal government.

Controversy stemmed from the facility with some saying a part of the agreement for the loan is that Nigeria must respect LGBTQ rights, a condition at variance with the country’s law that criminalise same-sex relationship.

In turn, the government denied the report and threatened Daily Trust that published the LGBTQ rights allegation with a lawsuit.

NBA weighed in on the matter via a statement its President, Yakubu Maikyau, issued on Monday.

In it, the umbrella body of lawyers also corroborated the federal government, and told of its involvement in the deal.

“To avoid any doubt, the SAMOA agreement does not, in any way, seek to compromise our existing legislations nor undermine the sovereignty of Nigeria.

“Before the signing of the SAMOA agreement, the Hon. Minister of Budget and Economic Planning requested the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), as a major stakeholder in the polity, to look at the agreement. Consequently, I constituted a committee chaired by Mr. Olawale Fapohunda, SAN, former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ekiti State and Chairman of the NBA Law Reform Committee, to vet, evaluate and advise on the agreement accordingly,” the statement read in part.

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