Many Nigerians have reacted to an interview carried out on Deutsche Welle TV a German state-owned public international broadcaster anchor by Tim Sebastian in which Minister of Information, Mr. Lai Mohammed, claimed he was not informed of the Bill ‘Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill’ which is now known as the “Social Media Bill.”
Also, Femi Fani-Kayode and Reno Omokri are not left out of the criticism of the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed
Disgrace of the CENTURY:
Watch Lai Mohammed LIE to the world that there is no such Bill as the Hate Speech Bill, being sponsored by Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator AliyuAbdullah. A Bill that has featured on @channelstv, @CNN and @BBC#FreeLeahSharibu #RenosNuggets pic.twitter.com/DmzaIpdF7D
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) February 1, 2020
In the interview in London, DW’s Tim Sebastian pointed out that the bill has some Draconian provisions in which journalists can be imprisoned for publishing content about the Nigeria Government.
During his defense, when asked if he is against the bill or not, Lai Mohammed asked Tim who the author of the bill is in the discussion. He added that he is not aware of the bill.
Tim Sebastian, who wondered why a Minister of Information would not know if such a bill exists, fired back by stating that the bill is causing an outcry internationally. Lai Mohammed, however, vehemently stated: “there’s no such bill before the house, I can say that with relative authority.”