The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has described the controversial social media and hate speech bills which are in the process of becoming Acts of the National Assembly as part of a grand plot to gag Nigerians.
The Christian umbrella body which kicked against both bills in a statement issued on Thursday advised the National Assembly to rather expend its energy on legislation that could address insecurity, deplorable infrastructural amenities and the general welfare of the people.
In the statement signed by its National Director, Legal and Public Affairs, Evang. Samuel Kwamkur, CAN urged the President of the Senate and all distinguished Senators to discountenance the two bills.
The statement by CAN reads in part; “These two bills have generated misgivings and criticisms that they have led to uncommon tension and fears among citizens.
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“Having looked at all sides to the debate, CAN is calling on the National Assembly, particularly the President of the Senate and all distinguished Senators to discountenance the two bills and put off completely any contemplation to pass them into Acts of the National Assembly as sincere lovers of the nation.
“In this wise, we desire that governments at all levels and indeed members of the National Assembly pay greater attention to the issues of insecurity, economic hardship, poverty, bad roads, poor education and the dearth of infrastructure.”