Pay Attention To Poverty Not Social Media — CAN Slams National Assembly Over Social Media Bills

8 months ago by: Mister Jay Wonder
-- (m) at 30-11-2019 08:06AM

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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.”

-- angesco (f) at 30-11-2019 08:27AM
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ALL African governments are AFRAID of how Africans have woken up and are NOW standing up to the POOR PERFORMANCE of African leaders.

SOCIAL MEDIA is having an effect in HONG KONG and our Nigeria so- called LEADERS ARE SHAKING in their EXPENSIVE robes.

We see African leaders being  challenged by their own citizens in foreign lands when they fly into the UK etc for MEDICAL ATTENTION -or FOR SHOPPING - or to attend the GRADUATION of their children -  whilst in their home countries - new born babies are DYING due to POOR MEDICAL FACILITIES, universities are on strike and the common man CANNOT AFFORD TO FEED THEIR FAMILY!!!!

Thank goodness to the  western world for inventing the handset and the Internet.

Nothing is no longer hidden.