Social Media Bill Should’ve Never Scaled Second Reading In Senate, Says OPC Chieftain, Gani Adams
The national coordinator of the pan-Yoruba group, Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Chief Gani Adams, has kicked against the introduction of a Bill for an Act to Prohibit Frivolous Petitions and Other Matters Connected Therewith popularly called ‘Anti-Social Media Bill’ in the Senate.
The bill, sponsored by the Deputy Senate Leader, Bala Ibn Na’allah (APC, Kebbi South) seeks to imprison or fine Nigerians who post through tweets, text message, WhatsApp or social media, “abusive statements knowing same to be false with intent to set the public against any person or group of persons, an institution of government or such other bodies established by law”.
Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos, the OPC chieftain said that the passage of the bill would negate the rule of law and some provisions of the Nigerian constitution.
According to Mr. Adams, there were extant laws which regulated the practice of journalism in the country and these were adequate.
He warned that additional laws, when the country is not under a military regime, was uncalled for.
“I was disappointed that the Senate President allowed the bill to go for the second reading. The beauty of democracy is allowing people to express their feelings.
“Social media has provided job opportunities for to a lot of our youths and has discouraged youths from social vices by engaging them in profitable activities”, he added.