The people’s democratic party caucus of the house of representatives have described the suspension of twitter in Nigeria has a grave violation of doctrine of separation of powers and an erosion of the rule of law
They have also threatened to sue the federal government over this action as they say it lacked the backing of the law and it would belittle Nigeria’s image in the committee of democratic nations
Leader of the caucus, Kingsley Chinda said in a statement on Sunday in Abuja that the subsequent directive to the National Broadcasting Commission, (NBC) to license social media operators in the country is a surreptitious attempt to introduce the unpopular ‘Social Media Bill’ by mere executive fiat.
The Caucus said: “The directive to the NBC by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture to license social media operators is a surreptitious attempt to introduce the unpopular ‘Social Media Bill’ by mere executive fiat.
“This, in our view, is a grave violation of the doctrine of separation of powers and an erosion of the rule of law.
“Whilst, these manifestly undemocratic actions of government on its own is grave enough, we fear that it may be a precursor to more ominous actions of blotting out dissenting voices.”
This is coming on the event of the suspension of Twitter On Friday 4th June 2021 by the federal government.