Aisha Buhari, the wife of the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has been under severe attack from Nigerians for comparing Nigeria and China and for supporting the Social Media Bill.
The social media bill has been generating a lot of controversy since Senator Mohammed Sani Musa, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress introduced it on November 5, 2019.
Among other things, the bill seeks to regulate social media and prevent the spread of fake news.
Many critics of the bill believe that the bill seeks to take away the freedom of expression the 1999 Constitution gave to the citizens.
However, Aisha believes that when the bill is passed into law, it would do more good than harm. According to her, if China with about 1.3 billion people had Done so, it should not be difficult for Nigeria with about 180 million people to do the same.
She said, “On this issue of social media, you cannot just sit in the comfort of your house and tweet that the Vice President has resigned. It is a serious issue. If China can control over 1.3bn people on social media, I see no reason why Nigeria cannot attempt controlling only 180m people.”
She made this statement on Friday while speaking at the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs General Assembly and National Executive Council meeting at the National Mosque, Abuja.
The statement has been getting a lot of negative reviews, especially on Twitter. Most of them argued that if Nigeria must copy China in terms of regulating Social Media; the country should also copy China in terms of slamming a death sentence on corrupt politicians.
Others argue that the wife of the President should not compare China which is a Communist country and Nigeria which practices Democracy.
Here are some of such reactions:
@Elhay16 said; “One minute Aisha Buhari is acting like she’s with the masses; the next minute she’s supporting the social media bill and playing solicitor for Yahaya Bello. Who the hell is this woman?
@Wizofomaha16 said; “Hi Aisha Buhari, What China did that really helped their country was banning porn and all sorts of immorality out of their internet space. That’s what you should do not find a way to suppress your opposition with a deceitful bill. We should be able to criticize the gov when wrong.
@DeLordEmperor said; “I agree with Aisha Buhari that China regulates TV. Aisha should also agree with China on the policy of hanging corrupt politicians.
She should also agree with China on limiting the family members of their politicians from studying and living abroad.
While @Zaddy_nomso said; “Dear Aisha Buhari China also kills their corrupt Politicians; we would love Nigeria to start practising that first. Your Aide stole over N2bn, where he saw that money only you know.”