President Buhari disowns social media bill

Presidential candidate of Nigeria's leading opposition All Progressive Congress, Mohammadu Buhari, meets with US Secretary of State at the US Consulate in Lagos January 25, 2015. US Secretary of State John Kerry said today that peaceful and timely elections were vital in Nigeria, where the country is battling a deadly insurgency by Boko Haram.   AFP PHOTO / POOL / AKINTUNDE AKINLEYE

President Muhammadu Buhari in reaction to the public outcry trailing the Social media bill, has assured Nigerians that he would not assent to any legislation that is inconsistent with the nation’s constitution.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu on monday, the President reinstated his administration’s commitment to the protection of free speech in keeping with democratic tradition.He said since Buhari had sworn to defend the constitution of Nigeria, he would not lend his hand to anything that was inconsistent with the constitution.

He  assured Nigerians that ‘’there is no cause for alarm, because the Senate is a democratic Senate. The President won’t assent to any legislation that may be inconsistent with the constitution of Nigeria.”

“But he (the President) is not averse to lawful regulation, so long as that is done within the ambit of the constitution which he swore to uphold,” he added.

“As a key component of democratic principles, the President acknowledged that people in democratic societies are so emotionally attached to free speech that they would defend it with all their might,” he added

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