Nigeria’s Senator Dino Melaye, one of the Senators in the forefront of the Social Media bill has reacted to his stands concerning the bill that seeks to incriminate social media users over false publication .
In a series of tweets via his social media accounts, the All Progressives Congress Senator from Kogi State wrote, “We will not allow Social Media to be used as an instrument of blackmail and medium to cast aspersion on people’s integrity without course.”
But the bill provides for an option of N4 million for persons convicted of false newspaper,radio and television statements and N2 million for offenders of false phone text messages or messages on facebook,twitter,instagram,or whatsApp.
“Where any person in order to circumvent this law makes any allegation and or publish any statement,petition in any paper,radio,or any medium of whatever description, with malicious intent to discredit or set the public against any person or group of persons, institutions of government,he shall be guilty of an offence and upon conviction,shall be liable to an imprisonment term of two years or a fine of N4,000,000.00”,the bill specified.
On the social media,the bill read: “Where any person through text message,tweets, whatsApp or through any social media post any abusive statement knowing same to be false with intent to set the public against any person and group of persons, an institution of government or such other bodies established by law shall be guilty of an offence and upon conviction,shall be liable to an imprisonment for two years or a fine of N2,000,000.00 or both fine and imprisonment.”
Dino added, “It is amazing how hilarious people can be. I said stop publishing lies,shikena! For fear of insult and blackmail Nigerians will keep mute.”
“I will always speak my mind even with a gun on my head. My motion is not part of Na’allah’s bill. Premium Times and Cable is a good example”.
“One can not tell if Sahara is a tabloid,blog or ? They have lost their anointing to be objective and fair. I celebrate Social Media but….”