SERAP condemns Northern Governors Forum’s call for clampdown on social media

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Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has condemned the call by the Nigerian Northern Governors’ Forum for a clampdown on social media.
Northern States Governors on Monday in a meeting with Northern States’ Emirs and Chiefs called for major control mechanism and censorship of the social media usage in Nigeria.
The Governors also rejected and condemned the subversive actions of the #Endsars protesters.
But in its reaction, SERAP said their call was unconstitutional and antithetical to Nigeria’s international human rights obligations.
The group said they would sue the Northern Governors’ Forum and the National Assembly if any Social Media bill was passed and signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“We condemn the call by the Nigerian Northern Governors’ Forum for a clampdown on social media.
This is both unconstitutional and antithetical to Nigeria’s international human rights obligations.
“We’ll sue the Northern Governors’ Forum and the National Assembly if any Social Media bill is passed and signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Nigerians have a right to freedom of expression online.
“We won’t accept any illegal attempts to interfere with that right,” SERAP said.
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