- Senator Abba Moro has denied claims that he is against the use of social media by Nigerian internet users
- The senator said the recent twist of his contributions on the floor of the Senate have generated diverse reactions and concerns from many people, especially his constituents in Benue South
- Moro also clarified that during his contribution on Tuesday, November 26, he only affirmed that the Internet Falsehoods and Manipulations Bill was one with a good intention and would protect the society
The senator representing Benue South senatorial constituency at the ninth Senate, Abba Moro, has debunked reports that he is against the use of social media by Nigerian on the internet space.
Reacting to an outrage of his contribution on the floor of the plenary on Tuesday, November 26, when the Internet Falsehoods and Manipulations Bill was introduced by the lawmaker representing Niger East, Mohammed Sani, Moro said he was quoted out of context.
Moro said the twist of his contributions have generated diverse reactions and concerns from many people, especially his constituents in Benue South.
Stating that the controversial bill has been re-captioned and misinterpreted as “Anti-social Media Bill” by some persons, Moro said, most of these individuals have not been privileged to read through the aims and objectives of the bill.
A statement by Moro's special assistant on media, Ameh Godwin, said there is no bill before the ninth Senate titled 'Anti-social Media Bill’ as being widely reported in the media.
Godwin noted that the newly introduced bill by Sani seeks to prevent the transmission of false statement or declaration of facts in Nigeria and to enable measures to be taken to counter the effects of such transmission.
He also said the bill will suppress the financing, promotion and other support of online locations that repeatedly transmit false statements or declaration in Nigeria, enable measures to be taken to detect, control and safeguard against coordinated inauthentic behaviour and other misuses of online accounts and bots.
Godwin clarified that Senator Moro had during his contribution affirmed that the Internet Falsehoods and Manipulations Bill was one with a good intention and would protect the society.
The statement said: “One way or the other, we have been victims of the spread of falsehood and the manipulation of the internet has caused a lot of havoc to some of us. I believe it is intended to protect society against unscrupulous elements within society."
Godwin while noting that Moro will never be part of any bill that will gag the press or strip Nigerians of their constitutional right of freedom of speech for any Nigeria said the senator will join other well-meaning Nigerians across party, religious and tribal lines to support effort by any agency to willfully, intentionally and deliberately inflict pains on or cause embarrassment to citizens.
Godwin said the senator believes all Nigerians must work towards a peaceful, united and prosperous nation; a society that's free of hate, malicious falsehood, cyber fraud, willful blackmail, character assassination and cyberbullying
He also said that the task of protecting and jealously guarding the country against divisive, malicious and mischievous elements is a task that must be done collectively.
"Senator Moro would like to remind all Nigerians that no human right is absolute, noting one man's right stops where another's begins.
"Comrade Senator Abba Moro believes the social media has an important role to play in building a healthy and prosperous Nigeria," Godwin added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Senator Sani had denied claims that he plagiarised the Singaporian social media regulatory bill.
Sani in his defence said that all over the world, legislation in one country can influence laws in another country especially when the issue presents similar challenges of regulation.
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