Nigerians Slam Aisha Buhari Over Comment Supporting Social Media Bill

Aisha Buhari, social media bill

Aisha Buhari, wife of the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has come under severe attack from Nigerians for supporting the ‘Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation bill’, popularly known as the Social Media Bill.

The social media bill which has since passed second reading at the floor of the senate has been generating a lot of controversies.

Sponsored by Senator Muhammad Sani Musa, the bill, among other things seeks to regulate social media and prevent the spread of fake news.

Many critics of the bill believe that the bill seeks to take away the freedom of expression the 1999 Constitution gave to the citizens.

However, the First Lady while speaking at the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs General Assembly and National Executive Council meeting held at the National Mosque, Abuja, on Friday, said, she believed that when the bill is passed into law, it would do more good than harm. According to her, if China with about 1.3 billion people had done so, it should not be difficult for Nigeria with about 180 million people to do the same.

On this issue of social media, you cannot just sit in the comfort of your house and tweet that the Vice President has resigned. It is a serious issue. If China can control over 1.3bn people on social media, I see no reason why Nigeria cannot attempt controlling only 180m people,” she had said.

The statement has since generated a lot of negative reviews from Nigerians on social media; especially on Twitter.

Here are some of such reactions:

While some of the reactions were sarcastic and even downright rude…

Many of the reactions on Twitter simply pointed out the difference between Nigeria and China (a democratic state and a communist one), and the poor comparison of both countries.

Given the foregoing, it may be safe to say that the negative reactions and #SayNoToSocialMediaBill campaign trailing the infamous bill is best summed up in the tweet below:


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