A lawyer, Tope Akinyode has sued President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Senate seeking a stop of the proposed ‘Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill 2019′.
Akinyode, in a suit filed before the Federal High Court in Lagos, Akinyode prays the court to grant an edict of perpetual injunction prohibiting the respondents from enacting the bill, which was introduced on the floor of the Nigerian Senate on November 5, 2019 and targeted towards regulating the use of social media in Nigeria.
The suit was filed against the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; and the Senate President as respondents.
The Barrister stated that the bill would infringe on Section 39(1) of the constitution which gives Nigerians the right to freely demonstrate, hold opinions, and impart ideas and information without any let and hindrance.
Akinyode also said that the Nigerian democracy, is the second respondent under the watch of the 3rd respondent for arbitral disregard for court orders and the rule of law.
He therefore revealed that the bill seeking to regulate the social media isn’t reasonably justifiable under Nigeria’s democracy, stating that there is a grave danger that citizens’ voices will be quieten if the bill is permitted.
He added that there is no end in sight to the continuous disregard for the rule of law.