President Tinubu, Samoa agreement and notorious political fabricators

Tongues have been wagging in the last few days on account of the purported enlisting of Nigeria amongst the countries that endorsed LGBTQ. It is a wicked lie orchestrated by notorious traitors and looters. Political office is like the barracks: “soldier go, soldier come, barracks remain”. Some politicians are blind to the reality that power belongs to God and He gives it to whomever He pleases.

These power mongers can even burn down their country to rule over the ashes. If not, what level of destructive desperation would push people, who, ordinarily, should be referred to as statesmen, to pull down the prestige of their fatherland with wicked lies?

Penultimate week, in their desperate bid to resuscitate their dead political ambition by planting ridiculous stories in their crony newspaper that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a devout Muslim and thoroughbred Yoruba man, has signed the Samoa agreement with the implication that opens up Nigeria to legalise LGBTQ. This is even when they have not read the details of the agreement.

Anyway, it is not that they don’t know, but because their hearts are set on executing mischief, they lied to Nigerians. There’s a popular saying that if you want to hide anything from Nigerians, put it in the book. If not, how can people buy into brazen mischief without first waiting to see details of the agreement for themselves before taking to criticism. True to their expectation, Muslim and Christian clerics have turned the pulpits into arenas for inciting the citizens against their government.

Would an American politician give his country a bad name in this ridiculous manner? Pay keen attention to the ongoing presidential debates in the United States between incumbent Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump, you will understand the true meaning of patriotism. In all their banters and politicking, America is the bride. None would dare say anything to ridicule the country.

Election just took place in the United Kingdom. The moment the exit polls pointed to the triumph of the opposition Labour Party, the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, put a call across to Keir Starmer, whose Labour Party just ended the 14-year rule of Conservative Party. “To the country, I would like to say first and foremost, I am sorry,” he said outside the Prime Minister’s residence at 10 Downing Street, before heading to Buckingham Palace to tender his resignation as prime minister to King Charles III.

This is how elections are won and lost. Alas, in our own clime, politicians often prioritise personal interests over the well-being of the nation, engaging in deceitful tactics to achieve their goals.

It is essential to acknowledge that the mischievous report on the Samoa agreement has caused social, religious, and cultural tension, with allegations becoming topics of sermons in mosques and churches. The government has assured Nigerians that any provision inconsistent with the country’s laws would be null and void. The existing law against same-sex marriage since 2014 remains unchanged.

I, however, appreciate most of my Muslim and Christian clerics who truly have confidence and trust in us by undertaking private investigations for clarification before delivering their sermons. We must have to let our friends, political associates, and business partners to understand the distinction between well trained liars and badly trained pathological liars. The difference lies in the irresistible tendency to tell a lie just to malign others for political, social and economic gains. Most people abandon their democratic and practical solutions in favour of political beliefs.

As a diplomat and columnist, I have gone through the Samoa documents and I even consulted some of the legal experts and senior advocates who are my friends and associates. They all confirmed unanimously that no single sentence in the agreement has to do with LGBTQ.

This misinformation is spread to fuel hatred and discontent, demonstrating the desperation of opposition elements. Their actions show a disregard for the country’s reputation and a willingness to sacrifice truth for political gain just to malign President Tinubu. It’s essential for Nigerians to recognide and reject these tactics, promoting fact-based discourse and responsible leadership.

In a clear attempt to discredit the Tinubu administration, former APC national vice chairman, Salihu Lukman, also called on opposition leaders to unite against the ruling party. This move is seen as a desperate attempt to spread lies and misinformation, with Daily Trust actively partnering in this deceit.

Lukman’s statement titled, “Future of Democracy in Nigeria,” urged Atiku Abubakar, Peter Obi, Yemi Osinbajo, and other political leaders to team up against APC and President Tinubu. He claimed that APC has legitimised corruption and “state capture,” and that opposition leaders must put aside their ambitions to form a united front.

Which Atiku? Who is Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso? Except that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) prefers to stand aloof, both of them are supposed to be occupying a permanent cell in Kuje Prison. Has Atiku answered to the allegations on Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) as alleged by his former aide?

It is evident that this call is driven by a desire to spread falsehoods and undermine the current administration. The Daily Trust’s involvement in amplifying these lies is a clear betrayal of journalistic ethics.

Worse still is the fact that in their desperation, opposition elements are willing to exploit regional tensions to achieve their goals. However, their attempts are doomed to fail, as Nigerians have seen through their machinations. The Northern region, in particular, has realised that they cannot be used as pawns in a political game. They have seen the sincerity of President Tinubu’s economic policies, aimed at laying a foundation for Nigeria’s prosperity. Conversely, the North has been at the center of political discourse since independence in 1960, yet, the region remains the poorest in the country. Northern citizens have vowed that manipulation of northerners by narrow groups is already a thing of the past.

My advice to Daily Trust is clear: detour from this wrong path and stop amplifying lies and propaganda. The opposition’s machinations are dead on arrival, and their attempts to spread falsehoods will only serve to further discredit them.

The federal government has categorically denied the allegations, stating that the Samoa partnership agreement focuses on economic development, security, environment, and human rights protection, among others. This rebuttal should suffice.

The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, and his Budget and Planning counterpart, Atiku Bagudu, clarified that the agreement does not mention LGBTQ or same-sex marriage anywhere in the document. They emphasised that President Tinubu, a proud Nigerian, would never sign any document that could hurt the country’s laws and constitution. The agreement aims to foster cooperation between the European Union and the Organization of Africa, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) members.

In conclusion, the Samoa agreement is a trade agreement focused on economic development, security, environment, migration, mobility, and climate change. It is not about promoting LGBTQ rights or any other controversial topics. The government has urged the media to be truthful and patriotic in their reporting to protect national interest.

The Samoa agreement is a legitimate partnership aimed at promoting economic growth and development in Nigeria. The allegations surrounding LGBTQ rights are baseless and mischievous. The government has reiterated its commitment to upholding the country’s laws and constitution. Let us focus on the facts and avoid spreading misinformation that can harm national security and stability. That should be enough clarification to drive these unrepentant traitors back into their shelves.

Nigerians are tired of these mischievous information about security, economy, and democratic order in Nigeria by those misleading the public with fabricated lies. They must allow Nigerians to have peace, harmony, justice, and relief from hardship occasioned by ongoing efforts to right the economic wrong President Tinubu met on ground. We don’t need such instigations that happened in some vulnerable countries like Sudan, Kenya and Somalia. In the meantime, we are still waiting for our anti-graft agencies, including the ICPC, EFCC and CCB, to recover and #bring back our looted money.

My profound gratitude goes directly to the managements and editorial team of of the Blueprint Newspapers and BBC Hausa Service for being objective in their reportage. But for those international propagandist broadcast organisations and their local accomplices that instigate and fabricate lies, they must withdraw this mendacious broadcast or we meet in a competent court of law.

Nigeria shall succeed. President Tinubu’s Renewed Hope government will lead our nation to glory. May God Almighty bless our country, Nigeria. Happy Islamic New Year!