Nigeria’s major opposition political sect, the People’s Democratic Party PDP has asked the Governments of the United States, United Kingdom and other to impose a visa ban on President Muhammadu Buhari and his cabinet.
This is coming a week after the government of Nigerian temporarily suspended the operations of the popular American microblogging app, Twitter, in the nation, following the deletion of President Buhari’s tweet. Meanwhile, PDP lawmakers had walked out on the Speaker of the House of Reps who cancelled the debate call during a plenary session.
In a statement it sent out via its Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party urged the world bodies to sanction the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami as well as certain leaders of the APC for their individual roles in the ban imposed on Twitter in addition to associated harassments and threats to Nigerians.
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“The PDP urges the countries to bar President Buhari, Lai Mohammed, Abubakar Malami, and their family members from entering their territories for any private purposes whatsoever, the statement read in part, adding that its demand is based on the violation of UN international Charter on Human Rights by President Buhari by banning the use of Twitter in Nigeria.
The PDP insists that banning Twitter in Nigeria is a clear violation of Article 19 of the UN Charter as well as section 39 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), which guaranteed freedom of expression to all Nigerians.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Article 19 of the UN Charter on Human Rights provides that Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinion without interference and to seek, receive and impact information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
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“In the same vein, section 39 (1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) provides that every person shall be entitled to freedom of expression, including freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference”, the statement added.
The party held that at the trio and their agents cannot continue to enjoy diplomatic privileges and rights extended by virtue of their offices in Nigeria, while at the same time flouting the UN Charter.
Twitter Ban: Impose Visa Ban on Buhari, Malami, Lai, PDP Tells US, UK, Others
The @OfficialPDPNig calls on the @USinNigeria, @UKinNigeria, Canada, Saudi Arabia and other members of the International Communities to immediately impose visa ban on President @MBuhari and… pic.twitter.com/bjmcX1gDbH
— Official PDP Nigeria (@OfficialPDPNig) June 9, 2021