The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has asked the United States, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and other members of the International Community to immediately impose a visa ban on Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria and members of his cabinet involved in stifling free speech in Nigeria.
The PDP stated that the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government of Nigeria violated the UN international Charter on Human Rights by banning Twitter in Nigeria.
The PDP through a statement by Kola Ologbondiyan, it’s National Publicity Secretary, said that the ban on Twitter was a clear violation of Article 19 of the UN Charter as well as section 39 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), which guaranteed freedom of expression to all Nigerians.
The party also urged the world bodies to also sanction the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami as well as “certain leaders of the APC for their individual ignoble roles in the ban imposed on Twitter in addition to associated harassments and threats to Nigerians.”
“For the avoidance of doubt, Article 19 of the UN Charter on Human Rights provides that “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinion without interference and to seek, receive and impact information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”
In the same vein, section 39 (1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) provides that “every person shall be entitled to freedom of expression, including the freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference”.the opposition party stressed.
The party submitted that “the trio of President Buhari, Lai Mohammed and Abubakar Malami and their agents cannot continue to enjoy diplomatic privileges and rights extended by virtue of their offices in Nigeria, while at the same time blatantly flouting the UN Charter, which Nigeria is a signatory to, as well as the 1999 Constitution (as amended) upon which provisions they hold office. ”