Former Vice President and the Presidential standard bearer of the PDP in the 2019 elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has called for the jettisoning of the proposed social media and hate speech bill which has raised dust since it was introduced to the national assembly, with many saying it was an effort to gag the media and the citizens. The former Vice President said this through his verified Twitter account
Atiku said this in celebration of the human rights day 2019. He said: “HumanRightsDay means that the global human community abhors dictatorial regimes. To celebrate this day therefore, I again call for the immediate release of all prisoners of good conscience in Nigeria and demand a jettisoning of repressive legislation against free speech.”
Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR): a milestone document proclaiming the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world.