FG Must Withdraw Media Bills – SERAP

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has come out to urge the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Banjul, Gambia, to stop the Federal Government and the National Assembly from supporting and pushing through bills to gag the media.

SERAP recently revealed this via a complaint addressed to the Chairperson of the Commission, Solomon Dersso, and the Commissioner and Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa, Ms Jamesina King.

According to her, the push by the Federal Government and the National Assembly to support and pass the two anti-media bills is unlawful, and it has to be stopped.

She added that the anti-media bills are the latest threats to freedom of expression, access to information and media freedom in the country, and it cannot be condoned.

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Muhammadu Buhari GCFR (born 17 December 1942) is a Nigerian politician currently serving as the President of Nigeria, in office since 2015. He is a retired major general in the Nigerian Army and previously served as the nation’s head of state from 31 December 1983 to 27 August 1985, after taking power in a military coup d’état. The term Buharism is ascribed to the Buhari military government.

He unsuccessfully ran for the office of president of Nigeria in the 2003, 2007, and 2011 general elections. In December 2014, he emerged as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the March 2015 general elections. Buhari won the election, defeating the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. This marked the first time in the history of Nigeria that an incumbent president lost to an opposition candidate in a general election. He was sworn in on 29 May 2015. In February 2019, Buhari was re-elected President, defeating his closest rival Atiku Abubakar by over 3 million votes.

Buhari has stated that he takes responsibility for anything over which he presided during his military rule, and that he cannot change the past. He has described himself as a “converted democrat”.

Muhammadu Buhari was born to a Fulani family on 17 December 1942, in Daura, Katsina State, to his father Hardo Adamu, a Fulani chief, and mother Zulaihat. He is the twenty-third child of his father. Buhari was raised by his mother, after his father died when he was about four years old.

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