PDP seeks sanction against Buhari, ministers, others over tweeter ban

The major opposition platform, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the international community to consider the option of imposing visa ban on President Muhammadu Buhari and his cabinet members over the decision of government to ban the microblogging platform, tweeter in Nigeria.

Specifically, the party is calling on governments of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and other relevant members of the international communities to impose visa ban.

The main opposition party premised its demand on what it called “the violation of United Nations International Charter on Human Rights by President Muhammadu Buhari by banning the use of Twitter in Nigeria.”

In a statement issued by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP insisted that banning Twitter in Nigeria “is a clear violation of Article 19 of the UN Charter as well as section 39 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), which guaranteed freedom of expression to all Nigerians.”

The party also urged the world bodies to sanction Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami as well as some leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC for their alleged individual roles in the Twitter controversy.

The statement read: “The PDP urges the countries to bar President Buhari, Lai Mohammed, Abubakar Malami, and their family members from entering their territories for any private purposes whatsoever.

“For the avoidance of doubt, Article 19 of the UN Charter on Human Rights provides that ‘Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinion without interference and to seek, receive and impact information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.’

“In the same vein, section 39 (1) of the 1999 constitution (as amended) provides that ‘every person shall be entitled to freedom of expression, including freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference.’

“Our party holds that the trio of President Buhari, Lai Mohammed and Abubakar Malami and their agents cannot continue to enjoy diplomatic privileges and rights extended by virtue of their offices in Nigeria, while at the same time blatantly flouting the UN Charter, which Nigeria is a signatory to, as well as the 1999 Constitution (as amended) upon which provisions they hold office.

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