By Innocent Anaba & AbdulwahabÂ Abdulah
LAGOSâ€”A civil society group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has petitionedÂ the African Commission on Human and Peoplesâ€™ Rights in Banjul, The Gambia, against the Federal Government.
SERAP asked it to â€œurgently intervene to stop the Nigerian government from instigating the passage of a bill in the National Assembly, which aims to undermine the right to freedom of expression and press freedom in the country.â€
In the petition signed by its Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, SERAP said the proposed bill before the National Assembly, if signed into law, will contraveneÂ Nigeriaâ€™s international legal obligations, including the
African Charter on Human and Peoplesâ€™ Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the UN Convention against Corruption to which Nigeria is a signatory.
According to the organisation, the bill, if passed into law,Â would undermine and limit the citizensâ€™ right to freedom of opinion and expression; including the right to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
It said: â€œWe are concerned that if passed into law the bill would contravene Nigeriaâ€™s international legal obligations, including the African Charter on Human and Peoplesâ€™ Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the UN Convention against corruption to which Nigeria is a signatory.”