Oyo says no to Social Media Bill


Oyo says no to Social Media Bill


By Tasie Theodore


The Oyo State Governor and the Speaker of the State House of Assembly have affirmed that the state will not endorse any move to pass a Social Media Bill that would impose additional restrictions on the users of social media platforms in the country.


In a tweet on the subject that accompanied other remarks on the inauguration of the state’s own Panel of Inquiry into the #EndSARS saga, Governor Seyi Makinde said:
Seyi Makinde

I also clarified the misrepresentation of the position of the Southwest leaders on the so-called social media bill. Contrary to media reports, our position remains that since we already have an extensive Cybercrime Act, 2015 we don’t need any other bills to regulate social media.


Complementing the Governor’s position, House Speaker, Hon Adebo Ogundoyin also emphasised that the state would not endorse any plans to bring in the controversial law under any guise.


Makinde also addressed the issue of the legal platform undergirding the inquiry and its connection with related initiatives by the Federal Government on the saga:


Seyi Makinde

Replying to

This panel was constituted pursuant to Section 2(1) of the Oyo State Commission of Inquiry Law Cap 32 of the Laws of Oyo State 2000 which empowers the Governor to set up a commission of inquiry. However, as the scope is beyond Oyo State, we’re collaborating with the Federal Govt.


There have been repeated efforts at the National Assembly to introduce a new Social Media Bill which many believe is a direct gambit to stifle free speech and expression in the country.




Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State





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