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Social Media Regulation: SERAP tells Lawmakers to reject Bill, says social media not Nigeria’s problem 

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Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the legislators to reject the proposed social media regulation bill.  

In a letter addressed to the Senate president, Godswill Akpabio and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, SERAP said the bill would “criminalize the legitimate and lawful exercise of human rights.”  

Recall that the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) last week reportedly stated that, “one of Nigeria’s major problems now is social media” and described social media as “a monster”. 

However, in the letter dated October 14, 2023, and bearing the signature of SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, the organization expressed the following:  

The organization therefore said that they will not hesitate to take legal action against the government if the bill is enacted into law, emphasizing that instead of regulation, the government should maximize opportunities around social media access to address the growing social and economic challenges.  

Furthermore, SERAP remarked that any bill to regulate social media borders on an infringement of the freedom of expression, stating that it is in violation of both national and international laws.  

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