Social media bill: APC wants to muzzle outspoken Nigerians, says PDP

Social media bill: APC wants to muzzle outspoken Nigerians, says PDP

- The plan by the federal government to regulate social media has met another rejection

- This time the resistance is coming from the PDP

- Opposition party sees the planned move as a ploy to stop Nigerians from speaking out against corruption in high places

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the proposed move by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to censor the social media as a ploy to muzzle Nigerians.

On its Twitter page on Wednesday, November 4, the PDP alleged that the APC is trying to stop Nigerians, especially the youths, the media and civil society organisation from demanding accountability and competence from the APC-led government.

Social media bill: APC wants to muzzle outspoken Nigerians, says PDP
PDP alleges that the APC is trying t to muzzle outspoken Nigerians, media and CSOs (Photo: The Nation)
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Moreover, as the opposition put it, the plan of the ruling party is to cover up "... widespread corruption, unbridled treasury looting, barefaced injustice, human right abuses, constitutional violations and divisive actions of the @OfficialAPCNg administration."

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Even more, the PDP said that it rejects the claim that the regulation of the social media is to check fake news.

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Meanwhile, the plan to regulate social media continued to cause ripples in society with Olumide Akpata, the president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), faulting the move by the federal government.

Akpata believes the timing to further regulate social media is wrong, adding that he struggles with the terms.

The NBA president who made the disclosure while speaking in an interview said he thinks the social media space is regulated already.

Noting that the timing of the regulation is suspicious, he went on to question if the government plans to regulate or shut down social media.

Akpata admitted that though there were people who use social media irresponsibly, Nigeria already has existing laws to deal with such.

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He argued that if there's a need to tweak the laws, the throwing out the baby and the bathwater approach is not going to work.

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