Senator Mohammed Sani Musa has said that his reason for proposing the social media bill was not to gag the press.
According to him, he believes in freedom of expression or freedom of speech.
Mr Musa who sponsored the Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill, also known as the Social Media Bill, stated this while speaking with Channels Television Politics Today on Wednesday.
The sponsor of the Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill, also known as the Social Media Bill, Mr Mohammed Sani Musa, has said that he believes in freedom of speech and expression.
He said , “My reason for bringing this bill actually is not to gag the press, I believe in the freedom of expression or freedom of speech.”
“I am one person that believes in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“I believe also in the fundamental freedom of everyone and for every Nigerian to express his views as he wishes.
“The social media is a kind of network that disseminates information at the speed of light and for that reason, whatever we will do as a country or nation, we should be guided by some ethical conduct.
“In using social media today, you can see what has been happening,” he said.
“As much as the Constitution guarantees this freedom, the Constitution also gives some adequate clauses, that will protect from any abuse of these laws.
“So, my bill is not to gag the press, but the regulate in a way in which we can conduct ourselves in the most civilized way using the internet.”