Nigeria: Pres. Buhari 'won't' sign any legislation that stifles free speech

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Amid a growing debate about a bill proposed by the Nigerian Senate to clamp down on the Social Media, President Muhammadu Buhari has restated the commitment of his administration to the protection of free speech, in keeping with democratic tradition.

According to his spokesman, Garba Shehu, the President would not assent to any legislation that might be inconsistent with the constitution of Nigeria, which he swore to uphold.

If passed into law, those found guilty of making false remarks on the Social Media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, will face a two-year jail term or a fine of 2 million naira (about US$10,000)

The President was quoted as saying on Monday that free speech is central to democratic societies anywhere in the world, and that without free speech, elected representatives won’t be able to gauge public feelings and moods about governance issues.

“As a key component of democratic principles, the President acknowledged that people in democratic societies are so emotionally attached to free speech that they would defend it with all their might,’’ the spokesman said in a statement.
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07 december 2015 22:15:52

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