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Senate Debunks Reports On Plans To Pass Social Media Bill

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Sen. Ajibola Basiru
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The Nigeria Senate has debunked reports of its plans to pass the bill to regulate social media in the country.

There were reports that the lawmakers of the Upper Chamber are planning to pass the bill as soon as they resume from their annual recess in September.

But, in a statement on Saturday, Ajibola Basiru, Spokesperson of the Senate, denied the report, describing it as irresponsible act taken too far.

Asking Nigerians to shun gullibility, Basiru said the senate conducts its sittings in the open and matters for consideration are well laid out and therefore, would not require anyone’s investigation to ‘dig’ out what the Senate would do.

“This report is yet another example of irresponsibility taken too far as there has not been any recommendation for passage of the bill by the senate,” he said.

“The senate wishes that Nigerians will be circumspect, shunning gullibility which makes them to lap up those invidious write ups and begin to comment on non-existent issues.

“If some people have chosen the path of perfidy wanting to bring the nation and its sacred institutions down, Nigerians must be wary and unwilling to be led by those to believing the false fabrication.

It is common knowledge that the senate conducts its sittings in the open and matters for consideration are well laid out and therefore, would not require anyone’s investigation to ‘dig’ out what the Senate would do.

“We will not allow unscrupulous writers to denigrate the senate and ridicule the great work that is ongoing.”

Most Nigerians have kicked against the bill to regulate the social media, as many fear it is an attempt by the government to gag its citizens and the media.

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