Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde has distanced himself from the proposed clampdown on social media through regulation.
He also denied media reports that his colleagues in the southwest voted in favour of the controversial social media regulation bill. Makinde said the southeast governors only resolved the existing Cybercrime Act (Cybercrime Prohibition Prevention Act, 2015) should be allowed to take its course instead of duplicating an existing law in the name of social media bill.
He made the comments on Tuesday, November 10 while inaugurating an 11-man judicial panel at his office in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.
The panel is chaired by a retired Chief Judge, Justice Badejoko Adeniji while Mrs. Oluwafolake Ogundele, an Assistant Director, Department of Public Prosecution, Ministry of Justice is to serve as Secretary. Makinde said about 50 petitions have been received through the official portal created for members of the public to register their complaints. Meanwhile, Nigerians continue to oppose the proposed social media bill. On Twitter, many are still calling on the government to forget the idea.
Mide Akins wrote on Twitter:
“The focus of Nigeria shouldn’t even be a social media bill. Bandits have taken over places in the north and ask for ransoms! Don’t forget Boko Haram. Insecurity is a big issue. Do we talk about electricity in Nigeria? Rather we are more focused on a social media bill.”
Habeeb Abdulquadry wrote:
“We’ll have to occupy the National Assembly and tell each of our representatives that if they ever vote to support this slavery, they shouldn’t ever come home.” Recall that governors of northern states recently called for the censorship of social media, saying it helps in the spread of fake news across the country.