After an Emergency meeting of Social Media Influencers, Publishers and On Air Personalities which included the world renowned #BringBackOurGirls activist Aisha Yesufu, Social Media Personality Mr Mukhtar Dan’Iyan also popularly known as @MrAyeDee, The Founder and Ordinary President of the Radio Magazine talk show Brekete Family Dr Ahmad Isa, Publisher of Breakingtimes Anthony Ehilebo, Mr Karo Agono, Activist Mr Ariyo Atoye and many other notable Influencers held today at the Unity Fountain Abuja, the resolution was reached to mobilize every Nigerian available in Abuja on social media and other platforms to a Protest as given in the statement below.
It must be noted that though our fold cuts across ethnic, party and professional lines we remain focused on One Main and Focal Resolve;
“FREEDOM OF UNFETTERED EXPRESSION”
Call For A #NoToSocialMediaBillRally and Protest to the National Assembly
Following the news by Vanguard online that a bill by The Senate on Frivolous Petitions had passed second reading and was subsequently passed to the relevant committee for consideration and to report back to the house within three weeks, it has become pertinent to call on all well meaning Nigerians to Join in a Protest Rally on Tuesday 8th of December 2015 at 9am Prompt at the Unity Fountain Maitama Abuja, to call on the National Assembly and in Particular the Senate to IMMEDIATELY DISCONTINUE with the Said Bill Proposed by Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah from Kebbi State.
Up to Four years in prison or Between N2,000,000 and N4,000,000 fine for “anyone who intentionally propagates false information that could threaten the security of the country or that is capable of inciting the general public against the government through electronic message.”
Up to two years in prison or N2,000,000 and N4,000,000 fine or both for anyone disseminating via text message, Twitter, WhatsApp, or any other form of social media an “abusive statement”
This also involves messages intending to “set the public against any person and group of persons, an institution of government or such other bodies established by law.”
Issues of Concern
The suspicious Secrecy and Shrouded nature of this Bill
The Direct Conflict of this Bill with Section 39 Sub 1 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as Amended in 2011 which states,
“Every Person shall be entitled to Freedom of Expression, including freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference”
It is also noteworthy that there has been a spirited effort to justify this repressive and unconstitutional action of the Senate but this does not suffice in line with the commitment we have seen the senate and its senators from both parties actively arguing positively for the necessity of such a bill.
Who are they afraid of?
Join us as we Protest and Say a Capital
No To undue planned interruption of the exercise of our fundamental right to freedom of expression without interference as guaranteed by Section 39 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.