Senate refutes media report on passage of social media bill without following due process


The Nigerian Senate has denied media report of planning to pass Social Media Bill despite rejection by Nigerians.

The upper chamber of the National Assembly described the report as false and a lie concorted by the medium to ridicule and tarnish the image of the Senate.
In a statement, Senate Spokesperson, Senator Ajibola Basiru, said the report was another example of irresponsibility taken too far as there had not been any recommendation for passage of the bill by the Senate.
Basiru further stated that by publishing falsehood, SaharaReporter was not only doing no good to the Nation but it was also shooting itself down as its recklessness and incredulity would always speak against it.
He said the Senate wished that Nigerians would be circumspect, shunning gullibility “which makes them to lap up those invidious write ups and begin to comment on non-existent issues.
“If some people have chosen the path of perfidy wanting to bring the nation and its sacred institutions down, Nigerians must be wary and unwilling to be led by those to believing the false fabrication.
“It should be common knowledge by all that the Senate conducts its sittings in the open and matters for consideration are well laid out and therefore, would not require anyone’s investigation to ‘dig’ out what the Senate would do.
“The relevant committee of the Senate has not submitted its report for the bill to be passed at all or surreptitiously as claimed by SaharaReporters.
“We will not allow unscrupulous writers to denigrate the Senate and ridicule the great work that is on-going.
“SaharaReporters must be afraid to see the platform where they peddle their trade of falsehood tampered with, even at that, there should be no need to lie so brazenly,” Basiru said.

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