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PDP DEMANDS VISA BANS FOR BUHARI, MALAMI, AND OTHERS ON TWITTER BAN

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The Attorney General, Abubakar Malami, the Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, and some leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress should all be denied visas, according to the party (APC).

By Adeniyi Onaara

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the US, UK, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and other members of the international community to put an immediate travel restriction on President Muhammadu Buhari for limiting free expression in Nigeria.

The Attorney General, Abubakar Malami, the Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, and some leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress should all be denied visas, according to the party (APC).

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The PDP, in a statement issued on Wednesday by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, in response to the Federal Government’s ban on Twitter activities, said the suspension violated the United Nations International Charter on Human Rights.

The party claimed that banning Twitter in Nigeria is a clear breach of Article 19 of the United Nations Charter, as well as Section 39 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), which guarantees all Nigerians the right to freedom of expression.

The party claimed the ban should be extended to family members of the targeted officials, accusing the Buhari administration of harassing and frightening Nigerians with violence.

“For the avoidance of doubt,” the statement added, “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive, and impact information and ideas through any means and regardless of frontiers.” In a similar line, Section 39 (1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) states that “every individual shall have the right to freedom of speech, including the right to hold opinions and the right to receive and impart ideas and information without interference.”

“Our party believes that President Buhari, Lai Mohammed, and Abubakar Malami, as well as their agents, cannot continue to enjoy diplomatic privileges and rights granted by virtue of their positions in Nigeria while blatantly flouting the United Nations Charter, to which Nigeria is a signatory, and the 1999 Constitution (as amended), under whose provisions they hold office.

“This is especially true because the choking of information flow, as evidenced by the Twitter ban, fosters an environment conducive to human rights violations and acts of terrorism in our country.”

The PDP also urged the international community to hold President Buhari, Lai Mohammed, and Malami accountable for the country’s growing human rights violations, constitutional infractions, and situations that empower terrorists, bandits, kidnappers, and vandals.

“Furthermore, our party has started compiling a list of APC politicians complicit in infringing on Nigerians’ rights, which would be forwarded to the UN and other world bodies for sanctions,” he added.

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