Human rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has requested all Nigerians, particularly activists, civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations and all lovers of democracy, to not take part in any programme or occasion that could be deliberate by President Muhammadu Buhari’s authorities in remembrance of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election, this 12 months.
The current authorities had moved the standard democracy day from Might 29 of yearly to June 12, in honour of the late Chief MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12 Presidential election, which was annulled by the army regime of Normal Ibrahim Babangida.
In a press release issued in Lagos, Adegboruwa mentioned it is going to be hypocritical of the federal government to assert to have fun the rules of the June 12 mandate, when the identical authorities is in gross violation of the liberty of expression by folks it claims to control, by its unlawful ban of Twitter and the unjustified censorship of all media organisations.
The human rights lawyer declared additional that June 12 represents whole freedom, the free expression of the need of the folks, justice, equality and respect for human rights. The choice of the federal government to droop the operations of Twitter and to drive media organisations to conform therewith, are opposite to the spirit of June 12.
As a mark of protest in rejecting the suspension, Adegboruwa urged all Nigerians of excellent conscience to isolate the federal government by boycotting all programmes and occasions that could be slated for the celebration of the June 12 election, till the exit of the current Buhari administration.
He additionally berated the Nationwide Meeting for failing to do the need of the folks because it couldn’t discover its voice in help of the folks of Nigeria at this essential time when their rights are being trampled upon with crass impunity, by the chief arm of presidency.
“We can not proceed to stay in a nation the place the train of the basic and constitutional rights of residents will depend on the non-public idiosyncrasies of these in energy, the place the establishments of state are deployed whimsically, to settle private grievances, as President Buhari is doing in respect of his private dispute with Twitter, for which all Nigerians are actually subjected to compelled solidarity,” Adegboruwa mentioned.
Nigerian authorities final Friday introduced it had banned Twitter operations in Nigeria.
The transfer got here after the microblogging website deleted a remark posted by President Muhammadu Buhari during which he made reference to the Nigerian Civil Battle and vowing to punish Biafra agitators within the South-East within the “language they perceive”.
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