SERAP, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has threatened to sue the Northern Governors’ Forum and the National Assembly if the social media bill is passed.
The civil rights advocacy group in a tweet shared today November 3, stated that Nigerians have a right to freedom of expression online and they will not accept any “illegal attempts” to interfere with that right.
We’ll sue the Northern Governors’ Forum and @nassnigeria if any Social Media bill is passed and signed by President Buhari. Nigerians have a right to freedom of expression online. We won’t accept any illegal attempts to interfere with that right #NoToSocialMediaBill
The Northern Governors’ Forum chairman Solomon Lalong said the use of social media during the #EndSARS protests threatened the oneness of the country. (Read Here)
Lalong, the governor of Plateau State, announced the position of the governors in a communique after a meeting on Monday evening.
“The meeting took note of the devastating effect of the uncontrolled social media in spreading fake news. Therefore, calls for major control mechanism and censorship of the social media practice in Nigeria,” Lalong said.
SERAP, however, stated that it won’t accept any illegal attempts to interfere with citizen’s right.