The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Ekiti state, Mr. Owoseni Ajayi, has asked the National Assembly to reject the social media bill being sponsored by an All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator, Bala Ibn Na’allah.
Owoseni said the bill is another way to bring back Decree 4 that was used against the press between 1984 and 1985 when President Muhammadu Buhari was military Head of State and the Sedition Law that the British Colonial Masters used against nationalists who fought for the independence of Nigeria.
In a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti on Monday, Ajayi, also said the state government was against the bill in its entirety.
He said, “those of us holding public offices must be mindful of the temptation of seeing ourselves as being above the people. We are not God that cannot be questioned. In fact, nothing should be private about us that the public must not know.”
He said Nigerians were not unmindful of the fact that the APC rode to power on the back of free press and credible electoral process that was allowed by the Peoples Democratic Government under President Goodluck Jonathan, adding that “the APC as a party must be ready to accommodate even more than the media attacks it gave PDP when it was in the opposition.”
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