APC chairmanship: CSOs tackle Sani Musa over anti-social media bill

A coalition of Civil Society Organisations committed to the free press and freedom of speech in the social media space has urged the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress to be wary of backing Senator Sani Musa for the position of National Chairman of the party. Senator Sani Musa, representing Niger East Senatorial District at the upper chamber, was the brain behind the controversial ‘Protection from Internet Falsehoods and Manipulation and Other Related Matters Bill, 2019’ popularly known as ‘Anti-Social Media bills.

APC chairmanship: CSOs tackle Sani Musa over anti-social media bill
A coalition of Civil Society Organisations committed to the free press and freedom of speech in the social media space has urged the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress to be wary of backing Senator Sani Musa for the position of National Chairman of the party. Senator Sani Musa, representing Niger East Senatorial District at the upper chamber, was the brain behind the controversial ‘Protection from Internet Falsehoods and Manipulation and Other Related Matters Bill, 2019’ popularly known as ‘Anti-Social Media bills. The coalition, under the auspices of Coalition for Free Society and the Social Space, said in a statement signed by its convener Comrade Bala Nura that having the man who initiated a bill to muzzle free speech in the new media as a party chairman would be disastrous for APC. “It would be a major own goal that will haunt the ruling party in the run-up to the 2023 election so the earlier APC members realise this, the better. “We all know how the bill titled “The Protection from Internet Falsehoods and Manipulation and Other Related Matters Bill, 2019”, led to a public display of outrage from rights groups and a large section of Nigerians who felt that it was an attempt to gag the citizenry. “Several months down the line, we are stunned that Senator Musa who sponsored that obnoxious bill is in the race to lead the ruling party as if we have all forgotten his misguided attempt to literally shut down social media. “The day of reckoning has come so soon and we won’t let slip the opportunity to remind him of his missteps and ensure we rally even members of his party against him,” it said.