Nigerian singer Simi has slammed the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN) over his support for 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 (APC) introduced it on November 5, 2019.
Among other things, the bill seeks to regulate social media and prevent the spread of fake news.
Festus, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and a once pro-democracy activist, urged Nigeria to stop agitating against the bill and direct their agitation to the parliament.
He urged Nigerians to pressure the Parliament to “clearly define the types of false and insensitive posts that would attract penal consequences so that govt doesn’t abuse it.
He, however, insisted that it is not acceptable for the Federal Government to leave everyone “to just post anything”.
In reaction to Festus’ tweet, Simi argued via a tweet that it should not be a law “for people to be ‘sensitive’ when they talk about the people they voted for”.
She questioned the Senior Advocate about the number of false posts which the people circulated against the government to warrant such a bill.
“We have way more pressing issues in Nigeria and even YOU know it”, she added.
Here are their tweets:
In a democracy sir, it should NOT be the law for people to be ‘sensitive’ when they talk about the people they voted for. How many false posts about the government actually circulate that warrants a bill like this? We have way more pressing issues in Nigeria and even YOU know it! https://t.co/r4FiXNAoL4— Simi (@SympLySimi) December 2, 2019