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Oluwo of iwo and estranged wife exchanged insults on social media.


The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi and his estranged wife Chanel Chin took shots at each other on Instagram, days after their divorce made headlines.

In an Instagram addressed to Oba Akanbi, Chanel disclosed that she is yet to speak out on what she faced in her marriage in the last 4 years out of respect for the stool. She also accused the Oluwo of Iwo of taking up a personal mission to destroy her character with fabricated stories. According to Chanel, this is not the first time her estranged husband will be fabricating stories to publicly destroy someone.


She wrote;

Maturity speaks. Since The Oluwo of Iwo has gone to the media to air his dirty laundry I have remained silent. He has gone on a personal mission to detsroy my character with fabricated stories, I have remain silent. As a mother of a small baby. All of this is unnecessary and very immature. Out of respect for the stool, I have not spoken of what I went thru in the last 4 years. Pls let MATURITY Rule. If a king does not RESPECT himself or his stool….Who else will? People of God. Let us be honest with ourselves, this is not the 1st or the last time we have watched this individual fabricate and publicly destroy someone…Kings are supposed to uplift and not oppress.

She also shared another Instagram post in which she declared herself the “Queen Mother of Crowned Prince Oduduwa of IwoLand”.


Chanel wrote;

Prince Oduduwa is wishing Everyone a Safe and joyous Christmas holiday. Let’s not forget the Reason for the Season. God is on the Throne. Love and Light to you all
From Queen Chanel. Queen Mother of Crowned Prince Oduduwa of IwoLand.
…. sips Tea….

Oluwo of Iwo and estranged wife, Chanel lampoon slam each other on social media

The Oluwo of Iwo in his Instagram post, debunked claims of holding Queen Chanel against her will in Nigeria. A statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Alli Ibraheem reads;

THE HORSE IS WAITING BUT YOU CAN’T FORCE THE PASSENGER !!!
To who cares to listen… ticket has been provided since 18th of December, 2019, 5 star hotel fully paid till date of travel !!! And ask yourself a question….can a Canadian be stranded in Nigeria even if a ticket is not provided ?? the Canadian Embassy and Government is one of the most responsible Government and Embassy in the world.

If someone chooses to stay back for whatsoever reason, its none of our business. The needful has been done by providing the necessary travelling arrangements.

Oluwo of Iwo and estranged wife, Chanel lampoon slam each other on social media


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Lai Mohammed – No going back on social media regulations.

…Regulate content not social media

The Federal Government has restated its resolve to regulate the activities of the Social Media which it claimed was being used for the spread of fake news and hate speech.

Minister of information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammad stated this at the annual roundtable on Cultural Orientation in Owerri, Imo State.

The minister, who was represented at the event which theme was: “Youth, social media and cultural development in Nigeria” by a Director in the ministry, Mrs.Memunat Idah-Lah, said the role of the Nigerian youth as key drivers of development and cultural ambassadors as well as the value of the social media in contemporary times have continued to attract the attention of government and development experts.

“The key issue slated for discussion from the theme of this conference is the social media. Permit me to use this opportunity to reiterate the position of government that the social media needs to be regulated.The resolve of government to regulate the platform is not designed to hamper freedom of expression or gag public discourse as being alleged, rather, it is to prevent its abuse and the negative consequences.

The phenomenon of hate speech, fake news and other forms of criminality which features regularly on the social media have the potential to harm the nation’s security, national unity and our overall national interest.

“It is important to note that our position is in tandem with global best practices. Most countries including the advanced democracies are adopting one form of regulation or another. However, in our case, we collaborate with stakeholders in determining the best option for our dear country.”

But Chairman, Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, who was represented by Ikenna Emeh, said what the Federal Government needs to regulate is the content and not the use of social media in the country.

He pointed out the Federal government needs to make a distinction between Hate Speech and regulation of the social media.

“There is every need to regulate the content of the social media and not the use of the social media in the country and it is important that the Federal government because there is difference between hate speech and regulation of use of social media content.”

Earlier, Executive Secretary of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation, Louis Eriomala said ,” While we appreciate the enormous benefits to be derived from responsibly using the Internet and social media , we are deeply concerned about the negative consequences of its misuse on our Culture and the future of our youths.

According to him this concern has resulted in several countries adopting one form of regulation or the other to defeat the illegal activities in the social media.

“In this regard, the Institute fully supports the regulation of the social media platform . It is gratifying to note the assurances from the Senate President Lawan Ahmed and the Minister of Information and Culture , Alhaji Lai Muhammad that a final decision would be reached after a Robust Stakeholders engagement.”

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Most of the things I see on social media are fake.

… I’m leaving for 5 days

Nigerian singer, Simi has shared her thoughts about social media and it is centered on the “fake and noisy life” she sees.

The singer who expressed her wish of leaving social media at least 5 times a day, added that most people believe in whatever the trend says they should believe and it really exhausts her.

Most of the things I see on social media are fake, I want to leave social media at least 5 times a day - Simi

#Newsworthy…

YouTube promote any form of Hate speech, officially bans all videos that are racist, sexist

YouTube has announced that from now on, it will ban any content that is racist, sexist and promotes any form of hate speech.

According to CBS News, YouTube will now remove any videos that hurl insults at people based on race, gender expression, sexual orientation or other “protected attributes.” The ban also extends to content containing veiled threats of violence.

YouTube also announced that from now on, action will be taken against channels that have been found to repeatedly harass others in videos. YouTube will “demonetize” such channels by turning off any ad revenue those videos would normally generate for their creators.

The new anti-harassment and violence policies also apply to public officials, although those videos will remain on YouTube if they are considered parts of news stories, documentaries or other educational material.

The comment section on YouTube is also not left out. YouTube’s comment section is also getting a fresh set of new guidelines. A new comment review tool will be available to video owners that will allow them to, by default, hold back comments the company’s algorithms have flagged as potentially inappropriate until creators have reviewed them. The setting can be turned off by creators at any time.

Matt Halprin, YouTube Vice President of Trust and Safety, said the company has been reviewing its guidelines since 2017 and tries to find a balance between “allowing freedom of expression and keeping hateful speech to a minimum.”

#Newsworthy…

Presidency – Addressing Buhari as Major General not derogatory

The Presidency said there will be nothing derogating about addressing President Muhammadu Buhari by his military rank of Major General.

A national newspaper had on Wednesday said it will henceforth prefix the President with the military rank, citing recent developments, which it reckoned have been reminiscent of the military style of the 1980s, as its reason.

However, reacting to the decision of the newspaper in a statement on Wednesday, the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said the decision of the newspaper would not jolt the Presidency.

According to Adesina, Buhari did not just stumble on or gifted the rank while in the Nigerian Army’s service, but worked hard and long to merit and acquire it, adding that having served as a military officer did not preclude him from becoming a democrat, just as it does not mean those who never had military service experience better democrats than those who did.

“A newspaper says it will henceforth address President Muhammadu Buhari by his military rank of Major General.

“Nothing untoward in it. It is a rank the President attained by dint of hard work before he retired from the Nigerian Army. And today, constitutionally, he is also Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

“All over the world, just as in our country, a large number of retired military officers are now democrats. It does not make those who did not pass through military service better than them.

“Rather than being pejorative, addressing President Buhari by his military rank is another testimony to free speech and freedom of the press, which this administration (or regime, if anyone prefers: it is a matter of semantics) has pledged to uphold and preserve”, the statement.

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Social Media Causing Death, Lawlessness, Violence – Garba Shehu.

…calls for regulation

President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman Garba Shehu has called for the regulation of social media which according to him has led to lawlessness, violence and deaths.

The Presidential spokesperson who spoke at a media award event organised by Kawararafa Reporters, said the Nigerian government was not against free speech but against use of social media to wreck havoc.

Mr Shehu said;

“For instance, the entire Kasuwan Magani saga that resulted in the death of more than 50 people was because someone posted misleading information on WhatsApp that went viral.

“All countries in the world are trying to make laws to check the excesses. Many countries are trying to control the situation. The Europeans have placed a new law that holds the companies responsible.

“In United Kingdom, the parliament has received a report on social media. There is a youth addiction to it, just like cigarettes. Without any form of control, it has done harm to women, ethnic minorities, individuals, institutions and countries.

He also pointed out that journalists around the world undergo training, accreditation and licensing before practicing while social media users with a phone, a tablet or laptop anyone can reach millions, sometimes for good and other times with ulterior motives.

Garba Shehu further argued that the Nigerian constitution never anticipated social media, thus the need to tackle hate speech so Nigeria can be a sane place to live in.

He added;

“The federal government is saying that stakeholders should come together and agree on regulation. We know that no matter how bad the situation it favours someone.

“Some have argued that our constitution already has laws in libel, but the laws of the ‘60s never anticipated social media.

“No government has the right to muzzle freedom of speech. We don’t support the taking of lives as punishment. People insult others and share false information on social media. I hope that hate speech will be tackled so that Nigeria will be a sane place to live in.”

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Sowore’s re arrest in the court was planned – Lauretta Onochie said.

Lauretta Onochie, President Buhari’s aide on Social Media, claims yesterday’s re-arrest of Omoyele Sowore in court was staged by Sowore’s supporters. She said this in a writeup posted on her Facebook page this afternoon. Read below

WHO DRAMA EPP? EVERY LIE WILL EXPIRE.
COURTROOM DRAMA EXPLAINED.

So it was a stage managed drama in the court yesterday; Sowore pinned down by his supporters in a courtroom in order to give DSS a bad name.

There was no gun. No batton. No pinning down. Just plain drama, planned and staged by his boys and girls. Kudos, but every lie has an expiration date.

Many EYEWITNESSES have said DSS was OUTSIDE the courtroom, not inside the courtroom.

Here’s one more eyewitness account as reported by Adeniyi Adegbomire SAN-

A friend of mine, Wale Fapohunda, who was in court today when Sowore’s re-arrest was purportedly effected inside the courtroom has this to say about the incident ??:

“Okay, so I was in court today and here is what happened.

The court had adjourned his matter till 11th Feb next year.

The court called the next matter and proceeding had commenced in respect of the next matter.

Sowore stepped OUT OF THE COURT ROOM and suddenly we heard noises coming from the corridor “leave me alone” “they want to kill me” “they want to kill Sowore” and all that.

Suddenly Sowore’s people started dragging him with the DSS and they (Sowores team) dragged him into the court room.

The judge seeing this, rose and went to her chambers.

The DSS didn’t enter the court room to arrest him rather his supporters dragged him in with the DSS official.

Nobody chased the judge out, she rose and went to her chambers on seeing squabbles.

The DSS official left the court room and waited for him outside the court.

Thank you all. Behold my eye witness account”.

????????
Blackmailing government enforcement agencies was how our nation went into decay. It wont work this time. NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW.

It appears everyone in that drama was part of the drama club. They harassed a Court officer who wanted them out as they were disrupting another court case. A Lawyer who looked bemused with the whole drama was lost for words.

Drama has not helped Dino Melaye. It has not helped Olise Metuh. Drama has not helped Orji Uzo Kalu.

Drama will not help Sowore because Once you dramatise a lie to the members of the public to attract sympathy, you lose all of that sympathy when they find out you have misled them.

I’m also of the opinion that the police look into these videos, (I have watched four) and charge those who deliberately misled the general public on this issue.

God bless Nigeria.
Lauretta Onochie.
@Laurestar.

#Newsworthy…

Clergyman, Prophet Samuel Abiara Shows His Interest In Social Media Bill

…says people should not be allowed to get away with abusing others

Popular clergyman, Prophet Samuel Abiara, has declared his support for the Social Media Bill.

The clergyman while speaking at a press conference in Ibadan, Oyo state on Saturday December 7th, said the bill is not aimed at gagging freedom of speech but to fight fake news and sensationalism that could destroy the nation.

According to him, some unscrupulous elements have used social media to spread fake news about Nigerian leaders and clergymen.

“It is good that social media has expanded the information space globally. People connect and communicate better than before. But that privilege has been abused many times by unscrupulous elements who have been spreading fake news and libeling government officials and church leaders. People should be free to talk but once they report false or fake news, there should be consequences. They should not be allowed to get away with abusing the platform,” he said

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Watch video as Bishop Oyedepo fires at FG over social media bill, this time hot say,

…do they think we are all dummies

Bishop David Oyedepo, the senior pastor of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, has once again kicked against the proposed Social Media Bill being deliberated upon in the Nigerian Senate. The social media bill has passed the second reading in the senate.

Speaking at a programme in his church, Oyedepo said what the Federal government should look out for is hate acts and not hate speech. According to him, hate act which is witnessed in many parts of the country is far worse than hate speech.

“They are looking for hate speech, they are not looking for hate act. Which one is worse, hate speech or hate act? They’ll see somebody and cut his head and you’re free and they’ll see somebody and say you’re stupid then you die. Can you imagine that? It is a stone age mentality. But I think we’re free from it now, but there is nothing wrong in trying to make attempt. Do they think we are all dummies?”

The clergyman went further to ask his members if the Buhari-led government was doing well and they unanimously chorused No.

“What education do you have, where did you get it from that you want to bamboozle everybody? You’re not doing well, you’re not doing well. They must tell you you’re not doing well. Hear me, please hear me and answer me, is this government doing well?” he said

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News – Cardi B’s Twitter’s trending with comic comments.

Cardi B has been in Nigeria for about 72-hours and she’s totally loving it. She’s really having a lot of fun and screaming to the world on her social media to ‘come to Nigeria and have fun’.

This morning, her IG story is trending for a lot of reasons largely due to the fact that she was at a Lagos strip club last night and it’s all on her IG story.

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https://twitter.com/officialnairam1/status/1187002011889389569

#Newsworthy…

CITAD:We traced hate speech instances on social handles across the country

…total of 387 documented

The Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has said it tracked and documented a total of 387 Hate and dangerous speech instances on Facebook and Twitter handles across the country in November.

Hamza Ibrahim, CITAD Coordinator, Countering Hate Speech Project, disclosed this at a Post-Gubernatorial Election Press briefing organised by the Centre and supported by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) on Thursday, December 5th in Lokoja.

Ibrahim said that the speech incidents were tracked by the centre’s trained monitors stationed across different parts of the country.

“Our analysis established that the speech instances occur in textual, video, pictorial and symbolic forms and 32 per cent of the offending species were ethnic-based while 26 per cent were election-related,” he said.

Ibrahim noted that in the last three months, the two categories, ethnic-based and election-based, had dominated the prime position, beating religion-based hate speech which used to top the list. He called on Nigerians to shun Hate Speech and all forms of negative remarks but value and practise tolerance no matter the provocation.

Ibrahim said hate speech had done disastrous damage to people, communities and countries around the world, adding that it prolonged hatred, destroyed mutual coexistence, promoted suspicion, tension and violence.

“We want to specifically draw the attention of the entire people of Kogi to the dangers and consequences of hate speech and therefore urge that they neither engage in or accommodate hate speech on social media platforms or at community gatherings,” he said.

The centre condemned the gruesome murder of Mrs Salome Abu and attack on Natasha Akpoti before the election, saying that the incidents further revealed the nasty experience of Nigerian women politicians in political processes.

It called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that the heartless killing of Mrs Abuh was not allowed to go unpunished but ensure that her killers were brought to book.

#Newsworthy…

Instagram will now ask for age verification from users.

…nine years after.

Almost a decade after its launch, Instagram is now taking responsibility to protect underage kids from the problems with social media as it will now ask new users to input their birth date and bar users younger than 13 from joining. However, it won’t be asking existing users their age.

Starting from Wednesday, December 4th, the photo-sharing service will ask new users for their date of birth when an account is created.

Before now, Instagram users were required to confirm they were ages 13 or older when signing up, but they didn’t have to provide an exact birthday.

However, as with any other online service, it’s possible users can lie about their age in order to join. “Asking for this information will help prevent underage people from joining Instagram, help us keep young people safer and enable more age-appropriate experiences overall,” Instagram wrote in a blog post.

Instagram said it would use age information to recommend younger people opt for more privacy settings, such as allowing new message requests only from people they follow. The photo-sharing service had been criticized for not checking kids’ ages, which potentially runs the risk of exposing younger users to inappropriate content and also allows Instagram to collect data about kids under the age of 13.

The Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) limits how a company can collect data about anyone under 13. COPPA was passed in 1998, but was expanded in 2012 to apply to more types of companies and new technologies, such as mobile devices and targeted ads. Instagram now expects ad targeting to become more accurate as a result of the change.

Previously, Instagram said it targeted those types of ads to people when it was “confident” they were the appropriate age. The company figured out ages from Instagram accounts connected to Facebook, where birthdates are required.

The new requirement marks the latest way Instagram is becoming a little bit more like its parent company Facebook (FB). Birthdays have long been a fixture on Facebook. In recent years, the company has encouraged people to continue wishing each other a happy birthday on Facebook through birthday charity fundraisers and special “Birthday Stories” that disappear after 24 hours.

#Newsworthy…

Nigerians slam JAMB over incorrect English of social media. (See)

A number of Nigerians took to Twitter to correct the wrong grammar used in a tweet by JAMB’s official Twitter handle.

A follower tweeted at JAMB with a complaint and @JAMBHQ replied: “Send your ticket number for me to confirm. Am sure you must have been attended to.”

Twitter users noticed the mistake and they replied, calling the handler out for the bad grammar, while also correcting them.

See tweets below.

Nigerians correct JAMB

Nigerians correct JAMB

Nigerians correct JAMB

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BBNaija: Cee-c Rage on Twitter users trolling her for showing solidarity to Uti Nwachukwu.

So here is the gist. Some Twitter users, mostly BBNaija’s Tacha fans, have been on social media all day, calling for actor, Uti Nwachukwu, to be dropped by a European Association which he represents.

According to them , Uti is in the habit of trolling women and should not be affiliated to such an organization. They accused Uti of attacking their favorite BBNaija pepper dem housemate, Tacha, while in the house and even when she was disqualified.

Well, Ceec who got a lot of support from Uti while she was in the BBNaija ”Double Wahala” house, took to her Twitter handle to show solidarity to Uti in the wake of the recent developments.

Tacha’s fans did not like her position and swam into her timeline to attack her and she responded to some of them. See their exchange below.

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Senate – Reasons we can’t initiate death penalty for looter.

The Senate has said it is not possible for it to initiate a bill that prescribes the death penalty for looters.

The red chamber, however, pledged to support any executive or private member bill that would criminalise acts of corruption.

The spokesperson for the Senate, Godiya Akwashiki, stated this in an interview with one of our correspondents on Thursday.

He spoke against a backdrop of some Nigerians and groups calling for a bill that prescribes the death penalty for treasury looters instead of the lawmakers devoting time to social media and hate speech bills.

Akwashiki explained that it was impossible for the Senate President to direct any senator to produce any particular bills, including one that prescribes the death penalty for looters.

“It is not possible for the Senate President to direct any senator to go and produce a particular type of bill. All of us are elected to represent our constituency from various parts of the country,” he said.

The Senate spokesperson also said different punishments were already prescribed against corruption in the acts that established the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, as well as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

“We have the ICPC Act and the EFCC Act and there are punishments there for offenders. I want to believe we are going gradually. However, any bill that would criminalise looting is a good proposal that the Senate could consider,” he said.

Akwashiki, however, said the executive arm of government, groups or individuals should initiate bills that prescribe the death penalty for treasury looters and see if the upper chamber would not push them through.

He also described as untrue insinuations that senators, particularly former governors and ministers in the red chamber, would reject such legislation in order to protect themselves.

He said, “We started a serious fight against corruption a few years ago when President Muhammadu Buhari got into office.

“The issue of a bill against corruption and looters in the Senate is a constitutional right of every senator, the executive arm of government, groups or private individuals.

“Anybody in the country is free to propose a bill through any senator. If you have such a proposal, get in touch with your senator, sit down with him and convince him why you want that type of law to be enacted.”

Stressing that the red chamber would support any bill that criminalises corruption, Akwashiki said, “This country belongs to all of us. Every person in this country has the right to present their opinion in terms of enacting an Act for the benefit of the people.

“When the Senate discovers there are many people requesting a particular bill, one day, one senator will just wake up and initiate a proposal and present it before his colleagues.”

He also said not all former governors or former ministers in the red chamber were corrupt.

He said, “We have 109 senators. How many are former governors or ministers?

“Are you saying we could get 60 senators who are either former governors or ministers?

“Senate is a place where everybody is free to express their opinions, according to the wishes of the people who elected them.

“The Senate chamber is higher than any former governor or minister.”

Meanwhile, the Senate spokesperson said the red chamber had yet to discuss the issue of the death penalty in the hate speech bill because the proposal still remained the personal property of the sponsor until it passed second reading.

He said, “The issue of expunging the death penalty from the hate speech bill is not the decision of the Senate yet. There is a process of enacting an Act. The bill will pass first, second and third readings.

“The hate speech bill has just been mentioned for the first time. It has not come up for a second reading. It is when it is introduced for the second time that the senators will for the first time voice out for or against the bill.

“For now, the sponsor has said he will expunge the clause that prescribes the death penalty for hate speech; that is his own personal opinion.

“I have said it times without number that the hate speech bill is a private member bill. When we get to its second reading, that is when Nigerians will know the position of the Senate on the bill. If the bill does not pass second reading, that will be its end.

“The senators may even decide to remove other clauses apart from the death penalty provision.”

Prescribing death penalty for graft’ll be self-indicting –Afenifere

But Yoruba sociocultural group, Afenifere, said the National Assembly could not prescribe the death penalty for treasury looters because it would be self-indicting, noting that it was not surprising that the lawmakers chose to save their own necks.

The group’s spokesman, Mr Yinka Odumakin, said most lawmakers would not be alive if the death sentence was prescribed for corruption.

He stated, “The senators cannot prescribe the death penalty for looters because they do not want to sentence themselves to death; it is easier to send others to death. If you prescribe the death sentence for looters, then a lot of them would not be alive.”

Afenifere argued that the hate speech bill was meant to impress President Muhammadu Buhari, advised Nigerians to resist the bill.

He alleged many leaders of the ruling party engaged in hate speech in the run-up to the 2015 general elections.

Odumakin said, “A few days ago, the Senate President said they would pass anything President Buhari brought, which clearly showed the height of their servitude.

“What they are doing is to impress the President at the expense of the Nigerian people. But Nigerians have to rise up against this barbaric law they are to make.

“When you compile the speeches of all APC leaders between 2014 and 2015, the title of the book you would write is, ‘Hate Speech: Parts One and Two.”

We don’t support death penalty under any guise –TI

The Executive Director, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre and Head of Transparency International (Nigeria), Mr Auwal Rafsanjani, said the organisations would not support the death penalty under any guise.

In an interview with one of our correspondents on Friday, Rafsanjani, however, asked lawmakers to channel their energy and time towards making laws that would ensure accountability and transparency.

He also urged them to legislate on issues that would promote good governance as well as end corruption and poverty.

He said, “It is clear our lawmakers have misplaced priorities. They do not know what we want.

“We do not support the death penalty under any guise because of its negative consequences. We do not recommend killing under any guise.

“There are more pressing national issues they can legislate on, like how to stop corruption and poverty.

“They should also make laws for good governance. There should be accountability and transparency. This is our stand.”

We have no moral right to sponsor hate speech bill –APC chieftain

Meanwhile, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Niger State and former Commissioner for Information, Mr Jonathan Vatsa, on Friday said the ruling party had no moral right to sponsor the hate speech bill or any law that sought to gag the press.

He said this at the Social Media Summit in Minna, organised by the Progressive Media Practitioners.

Vatsa said the ruling APC “benefitted immensely from this thing we call hate speech.”

He said, “Before 2015, I can remember we used all forms of propaganda against the ruling PDP, we said anything to make sure the people hated the party.

“Our focus at that time was to ensure that we discredited the then ruling party and we won. We should not be afraid of the poison we gave PDP at that time.

“Personally, I will not be a party to a law that will gag the press. In some other climes, people would have commenced the process of recalling the sponsor of that bill.”

The convener of the summit, Daniel Atori, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to impress upon lawmakers to enact laws that promote meaningful development rather than those that did not benefit the people.

“The National Assembly should reconsider and drop these bills and ensure they propose a bill that will improve the welfare of media practitioners instead of proposing bills that will gag the media that fought tirelessly for the democracy we are all enjoying now,” he said.

CAN kicks against social media, hate speech bills

In a related manner, the Christian Association of Nigeria has kicked against social media and hate speech bills, describing them as ploys to gag Nigerians.

The CAN President, Dr Samson Ayokunle, called on the National Assembly to drop the bills and focus on legislations that address insecurity, deplorable infrastructural amenities and the general welfare of the people.

In a statement, the National Director, Legal and Public Affairs, CAN, Mr Samuel Kwamkur, said having examined the tensions and fears the bills had created, the body called on the National Assembly to discard them.

“CAN is calling on the National Assembly, particularly the President of the Senate and all distinguished Senators, to discountenance the two bills and put off completely any contemplation to pass them into acts of the National Assembly as sincere lovers of the nation,” the statement read in part.

The body argued there were adequate laws to check the excesses of individuals and organisations that were misusing social media and propagating hate speech.

Although the body observed that some individuals and organisations had taken advantage of social media to cause damage to individuals and institutions, it described this as “unfortunate developments in the use of technology.”

SAN knocks NBA for alleged docility

In the meantime, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Oladipo Olasope, has knocked the Nigerian Bar Association for its alleged docility and silence on the hate speech bill that has passed second reading in the National Assembly.

According to Olasope, the NBA should have set up a committee to review the bill, take a position and institute legal action against it and probably obtain an injunction to stop the bill.

The lawyer spoke to journalists on the sidelines of a round-table meeting tagged, ‘Criminalising Hate Speech: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly,’ organised by the Ibadan chapter of the Christian Lawyers Fellowship of Nigeria. The event held at the Afe Babalola Bar Centre in Ibadan.

Olasope, who urged the occasion, said, “I expected the NBA to have done something about this issue by now. The bill has continued to grow and passed the second reading.

“By now, the NBA should be in court. NBA is not expected to be docile. The NBA should go to court to challenge it and get an injunction before it goes further. That is what I believe the bar should do. The press should also do the same.”

Olasope, who charged the press to take the necessary measures to stop the bill from going further, raised the alarm that if the bill was passed into law, it would silence the press and make them lose relevance.

He added that the bill favoured a particular section of the country as it contained issues of favouritism, federal character, catchment area of tertiary institutions and others.

“This hate speech bill is obviously being made to shift the balance and favour a section of Nigeria,” he said.

#Newsworthy…

Dear Aisha Buhari, In China, any officials found corrupt are killed, can you assign that into law – Nigerians slam Aisha Buhari over her declaration on social media regulation (See Comments, OMG)

Nigerians on Twitter are reacting to the news of first lady, Aisha Buhari, showing support for the controversial social media bill. At a function in Abuja yesterday November 29th, Mrs Buhari said if China with over 1.3 billion can regulate their social media space, she sees nothing wrong in Nigeria regulating its own.

Nigerians on Twitter are reacting to her comments. See their tweets below

Dear Aisha, China also kill their corrupt public officials, can you advocate for that to be in our laws?- Nigerians tackle Mrs Buhari over her support for social media regulation

Dear Aisha, China also kill their corrupt public officials, can you advocate for that to be in our laws?- Nigerians tackle Mrs Buhari over her support for social media regulation
Dear Aisha, China also kill their corrupt public officials, can you advocate for that to be in our laws?- Nigerians tackle Mrs Buhari over her support for social media regulation
Dear Aisha, China also kill their corrupt public officials, can you advocate for that to be in our laws?- Nigerians tackle Mrs Buhari over her support for social media regulation
Dear Aisha, China also kill their corrupt public officials, can you advocate for that to be in our laws?- Nigerians tackle Mrs Buhari over her support for social media regulation
Dear Aisha, China also kill their corrupt public officials, can you advocate for that to be in our laws?- Nigerians tackle Mrs Buhari over her support for social media regulation
Dear Aisha, China also kill their corrupt public officials, can you advocate for that to be in our laws?- Nigerians tackle Mrs Buhari over her support for social media regulation
Dear Aisha, China also kill their corrupt public officials, can you advocate for that to be in our laws?- Nigerians tackle Mrs Buhari over her support for social media regulation
Dear Aisha, China also kill their corrupt public officials, can you advocate for that to be in our laws?- Nigerians tackle Mrs Buhari over her support for social media regulation
Dear Aisha, China also kill their corrupt public officials, can you advocate for that to be in our laws?- Nigerians tackle Mrs Buhari over her support for social media regulation
Dear Aisha, China also kill their corrupt public officials, can you advocate for that to be in our laws?- Nigerians tackle Mrs Buhari over her support for social media regulation
Dear Aisha, China also kill their corrupt public officials, can you advocate for that to be in our laws?- Nigerians tackle Mrs Buhari over her support for social media regulation
Dear Aisha, China also kill their corrupt public officials, can you advocate for that to be in our laws?- Nigerians tackle Mrs Buhari over her support for social media regulation
Dear Aisha, China also kill their corrupt public officials, can you advocate for that to be in our laws?- Nigerians tackle Mrs Buhari over her support for social media regulation
Dear Aisha, China also kill their corrupt public officials, can you advocate for that to be in our laws?- Nigerians tackle Mrs Buhari over her support for social media regulation
Dear Aisha, China also kill their corrupt public officials, can you advocate for that to be in our laws?- Nigerians tackle Mrs Buhari over her support for social media regulation

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First Lady, Aisha Buhari Declares Support For Regularization of the social media.

Aisha Buhari, Nigeria’s first lady, has thrown her weight behind the proposed social media bill being deliberated upon in the Nigerian senate.

While many Nigerians have kicked against it saying it is a ploy to gag Nigerians, the first lady in her submission, said the regularization of social media is needed to checkmate fake news.

Mrs Buhari who made her position known when she spoke at the General Assembly of the Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) in Abuja on Friday November 29th, said if China with could regulate social media, she sees no reason why Nigeria cannot.

“On this issue of social media, you cannot just sit in the comfort of your house and tweet that the Vice President has resigned. It is a serious issue. If China can control over 1.3 billion people on social media, I see no reason why Nigeria cannot attempt controlling only 180 million people” the Nation quotes her as saying

Speaking on the level of insecurity in the country, Mrs Buhari said if the needful was not done, Nigerians would regret the outcome of insecurity soon.

“I have listened to the speech of his Eminence Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, where he talked about justice, and the Minister of Communication talked about justice and injustice, and I think he did not mention the consequences of injustice.

The conference is timely, and this is the right time to address the problems in Nigeria, the problems have been escalating from one thing to the other. Thinking that General Muhammadu Buhari will solve it alone, he cannot do it alone, we have to work together to make sure that we do the needful, we as Muslims we operate within the guidelines of Islamic injunctions.

“We must do justice to ourselves. Most of us here, as a result of long-time of injustice done to others, today, most of us cannot go to our villages and sleep with our two eyes closed, we all know that and it is moving forward and forward.

“My husband has 3 years to go, we should fasten our seat belt, get up and do the needful or we will all regret it very soon, because, at the rate which things are going, things are completely out of hand, the Vice President is here, Ministers are here, they are supposed to do justice to whatever. People cannot afford portable drinking water in this country, we have ministers, we have governors.

“Since this is the highest decision-making body of Islamic affairs, for those that are Muslims, we should fear God and we know that one day we will return to God and account for our deeds here. I hope that the decisions, debates and engagements here today will be fruitful with the view of reaching realistic decisions for shaping our lives as a nation”, Aisha Buhari said.

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Pay attention to poverty in the nation and not hate speech or social media – CAN slam Nation Assembly.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has waded into the controversy ignited by the social media and hate speech bills sponsored by some lawmakers in the national assembly.

In a statement released by Samuel Kwamkur the national director of legal and public affairs of the Christian association, CAN President Samson Ayokunle stated that the bill which has generated fear in different parts of the country will be of no good to Nigerians.

Ayokunle who insisted that the existing laws are strong enough to deal with cases of hate speech added that the bills appear to separately seek to gag Nigeria’s citizens from speaking out freely.

“These two bills have generated so much misgivings and criticisms that they have led to uncommon tension and fears among Nigeria’s Citizens. This is doing no good to the fears and apprehension of the citizens already on ground as a result of insecurity, deplorable infrastructural amenities and the general welfare of the people,” he said.

“Having looked at all sides to the debate, CAN is calling on the National Assembly, particularly the President of the Senate and all distinguished Senators to discountenance the two bills and put off completely any contemplation to pass them into Acts of the National Assembly as sincere lovers of the nation.

“The bills, in the general view of majority of Nigerians, and in ours too, appear to separately seek to gag Nigeria’s citizens from speaking out freely, but responsibly on matters that affect their lives in all spheres. This, to us, is an ill wind that will blow nobody any good

“The Penal Code, Criminal Code, Cyber Crime Act and other legal provisions on crimes that deal with hate speeches, defamation, libel and similar offences are clear and strong enough,” Ayokunle added.

“In this wise, we desire that governments at all levels and indeed members of the National Assembly pay greater attention to the issues of insecurity, economic hardship, poverty, bad roads, poor education and the dearth of infrastructure.

“We, therefore, call on our governments to respect the sanctity of the Nigerian Constitution and other extant laws and provide for all Nigerians a better nation to live in.”

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