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Independence: Don’t Pass Social Media Bill, Protesters Urge Senate

2 October 2020 National News News


 

 

Youths have protested against the increase in electricity tariff hike and Companies and Allied Matters Act 2020 in Nigeria.The protesters, who held balloons during their protests, also urged the Nigerian Senate to “kill the social media bill”.

The protest tagged ‘#NotYetIndependent’ held in Lagos, Abuja, Yola, Benue, Bauchi, Benin, Auchi, and Iseyin.In a statement , the Centre for Advancement of Civil Liberties and Development, also known as Centre for Liberty, said the protest was organised against impunity, injustice, bad policies, and bad leadership in Nigeria.

The statement was jointly signed by Adebayo Raphael, Ariyo-Dare Atoye, and Deji Adeyanju, who are the co-conveners of the group.

Part of the statement read, “We recall that between March 19, 2020 and now, the price of petrol being sold to ordinary Nigerians has gone from N121.50 to N162 or more in some places. In the same vein, the tariff for electricity was increased by 100 per cent, taking effect from September 1, 2020, and adding salt to the injury of economic hardship of Nigerians.

“And as if those weren’t enough, the government hurriedly passed a bill that will ensure the disappearance of the third sector in Nigeria into law; the Companies and Allied Matters Act 2020, was passed by the National Assembly and became law upon President Muhammadu Buhari’s assent on August 7, 2020.

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