Samoa Agreement: FG Vows to Combat Fake News Threatening National Security

The Federal Government of Nigeria has issued a stern warning against the spread of fake news and disinformation that could jeopardize national security. Reacting for the second time to media reports, the government clarified its stance on the Samoa agreement, which has been at the center of controversy.

The Samoa agreement serves as the overarching framework for European Union (EU) relations with African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries. It establishes a new legal framework for EU relations with 79 nations, covering six priority areas: democracy and human rights, sustainable economic growth, climate change, human and social development, peace and security, and migration and mobility.

Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, emphasized that the Samoa agreement was signed strictly for Nigeria’s economic development. Contrary to media reports, there are no provisions for LGBTQ+ or same-sex marriage in the agreement. Idris reaffirmed the government’s commitment to media freedom but warned against reckless reporting that undermines national security.

In a press conference held in Abuja, Idris stated, “We would not take fake news and disinformation lightly if they endanger our country’s peace and security.” The administration remains open to ethical media criticism but will seek legal redress against harmful misinformation.

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