Lai Mohammed falsely claims social media bill doesn’t exist, sparking fury

Nigeria’s Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has come under fire after denying the National Assembly is considering a bill to regulate the activities of Nigerians on social media.

In an interview with the German broadcaster, DW, aired Thursday, Mr Mohammed said he was speaking “authoritatively” that the controversial “Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill’ was not before the National Assembly.

Tim Sebastian, host of the channel’s Conflict Zone, had asked the minister four times about the bill to buttress his argument that the Nigerian government had grown intolerant of criticisms, and was clamping down on citizens’ basic rights.

Each time, Mr Mohammed replied he did not know about the infamous legislation and insisted it was not before the…

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