OrderPaperToday – A group of civil society organizations led by Paradigm Initiative has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the digital rights and freedom bill into law.
The Bill which had been in the National Assembly since 2016 was passed by both chambers in 2018 and transmitted to the President for assent this month.
In a statement signed by Sadiq Alabi, Communications Officer of Paradigm Initiative, commended the National Assembly for passing the bill and and urged President Buhari to immediately sign it into law.
The Executive Director of the group, Mr. Gbenga Sesan, stated that “we are happy the Digital Rights and Freedom Bill has now been transmitted to President Buhari. Mr President now has a unique opportunity to position Nigeria as a leader in rights-respecting laws in Africa by signing the Bill into law.”
Yemi Adamolekun, the Executive Director of Enough Is Enough Nigeria, also said “it is significant that the gesture is happening on a day globally celebrated as the Safer Internet Day. There is now global attention on Nigeria to finish the important work it started by signing the Bill into law.”
In addition the Africa Regional Coordinator of Web Foundation, Nnenna Nwakanma, was also quoted in the statement as saying “as the World Wide Web turns 30, Nigerians can not wait any longer for digital rights, freedoms and opportunities. The President’s Assent is urgently needed to secure fundamental rights, to support a stronger digital economy, and to build a more secure internet.”
Reporting by Sunday Oguche