The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Nigeria has thrown its weight behind Nigerians opposed to the Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill, also known as the Social Media Bill which has scaled second reading in the Senate.
Speaking on the danger of the bill on the freedom of Nigeria, The Human Rights agency’s Executive Secretary, Tony Ojukwu urged the legislators those who exercise their rights to do so with caution.
“We stand with Nigerians and we believe that the media space should be free, people should be able to air their views, in doing so, and we urge those who exercise their rights to be mindful of the rights of others.”
The NHRC boss urged social media users to show commitments to responsibility and ensure that the rights of others are not breached.
“In exercising our freedom to express ourselves, we believe that those freedoms should be expressed and utilized responsibly and we will not encourage irresponsible conduct on the part of Nigerians but we don’t support the gagging of Nigerians in any way possible,” he said.