The Timing Is Suspicious – NBA President Speaks On FG Transfer To Regulate Social Media
Olumide Akpata, The President of the Nigerian Bar Affiliation (NBA), has acknowledged that the timing for the regulation of social media by the federal authorities is extremely suspicious.
Akpata who admitted that there are people who find themselves “irresponsible” of their utilization of social media, nonetheless ,acknowledged that the timing is mistaken in an interview on Channels Tv’s “Sunday Politics”.
“I wrestle with the phrases that we bandy round. Like I stated, I believe the social media area is regulated already.
“Are we saying regulate or shutdown? What are we saying as a result of we hear them utilizing regulate? We hear the minister of Info use the phrase ‘sanitize.’ I simply say to myself, ‘what are we making an attempt to do?’ The timing is suspicious.
“And if we have to tweak the legal guidelines right here and there, as we amend our legal guidelines every single day to satisfy with points that will come up that weren’t beforehand contemplated, we’re all nicely and good.
“However it’s not throwing out the newborn and the bathwater strategy like I believe that’s in contemplation by those that are dealing with the levers of energy right this moment. That’s not going to work.”
On organising of panels of enquiry into the actions of the disbanded Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS), he acknowledged that the governors have the suitable to take action regardless that there are arguments in regards to the legality of the panels.
“I believe the governors are nicely inside their rights or the ability of the legislation to arrange these panels of enquiry for the aim of figuring out whether or not or not the now-disbanded SARS went past their remit; whether or not or not the claims that now we have from numerous Nigerians as to how they have been mistreated or illegally handled by SARS are right.”