Posted by News Express | 9 March 2020 | 535 times
By ONYEKACHI EZE, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on Nigerians to unite against moves to pass the obnoxious anti-social media bill by the National Assembly.
The Senate, on Monday, began public hearing on the bill, and PDP is accusing members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Presidency of plan to gag Nigerians, suspend the constitutional provision of free speech and foist a dictatorial system on the country, through the bill
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP called on Nigerians to eschew all political, sectional and religious differences and stand in unity against the bill.
It added that that anti-social media bill was “designed to suppress and silence the people, emasculate institutions of democracy, particularly the media, take away the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech of citizens and turn them into conquered people without a voice, in their own country.
“It is clear that this bill is part of the anti-democratic moves to further emasculate the 1999 Constitution (as amended) ostensibly as a prelude to foisting a full totalitarianism in our country, where citizens will no longer have the right to freely hold or support opinions.”
According to the statement, the reason for the bill is to suppress dissenting voices from criticizing the APC-led Federal Government, which it described as incompetent and corrupt.
“The frenzy to pass this bill further exposes the intolerance of the Buhari-led administration as well as the desperation to cover its atrocities for which it is mortally afraid of public criticisms,” PDP added.
The party expressed worry that the senate listed the bill for second reading even when Nigerians across board had rejected it.
It noted that Nigeria already has appropriate laws guiding the boundaries of free speech and opinion, which the authorities could enforce within the ambits of constitutional provisions, in the case of any violation. (New Telegraph)
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