Bruce Fein, a United States lawyer of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has urged Facebook to ban the Muhammadu Buhari-led government from its platform.
Naija News reports that Fein made the plea in a letter addressed to Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, following the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, meeting with Facebook.
Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer accused the federal government of carrying out allege genocide and crimes against humanity on the people of the southeast and members of IPOB.
Fein’s letter reads partly: “I am aware of the Nigerian Government’s high decibel clamour for Facebook to ban IPOB and its members from the social media platform for allegedly inciting violence. The clamour is predicated on the Nigerian Government’s proscription of IPOB as a terrorist organization in September 2017. The whole story is more revealing.
“The proscription flouted due process. IPOB was denied notice and an opportunity to respond. The proscription was the fact-free ipse dixit of Nigerian President Muhammdu Buhari.
“Accordingly, I am respectfully requesting that Facebook rebuke the Fulani-controlled Government of Nigeria for seeking censorship of IPOB’s free speech.
“Facebook should also consider banning the Government of Nigeria as a criminal enterprise featuring genocide and crimes against humanity against Biafrans and other ethnic or political groups. The incriminating evidence is voluminous and will be supplied on request.”
Naija News had reported that Lai Mohammed had a meeting with a team from Facebook on Tuesday in Abuja.
The minister said Facebook has no reason to allow its platform to be used by the outlawed group whose aim is to destabilise the country by purveying hate and inciting violence.
Mohammed, however, said the plan by the government to regulate social media is not an attempt to stifle the press or encroach on press freedom.