Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has called on Nigerians to resist the passage of the Social Media Bill and Anti-Hate Speech Bill to preserve the country’s democracy and freedom of expression.
Fani-Kayode who described the bills as the greatest threat to the country’s democracy warned that Nigerians would suffer the consequences for many generations to come if allowed to sail through.
The former Minister in a statement on Friday alleged that it was an attempt by President Muhammadu Buhari and his friends to turn Nigeria to an authoritarian state like Nazi Germany, North Korea and the defunct Soviet Union.
The Social Media Bill which was sponsored by Senator Mohammed Sani passed the Second Reading stage during the week, while the Anti-Hate Speech Bill sponsored by Senate Deputy Chief Whip, Sabi Abdullahi, had earlier passed the First Reading stage.
Fani-Kayode said; “I would urge Nigerians not to view this matter with their usual indifference, complacency, docility, stoicism and lily-livered cowardice because the whole thing is an insidious atttempt to silence their tongues, cage their spirits, capture their souls, break their ability to resist tyranny and evil and finally turn them into a nation of pliant little quislings, slaves and errand boys.
“What we are witnessing is the final and greatest manifestation of the fascistic, totalitarian and authoritarian state which, like Hitler’s Germany, is creeping up and hiding under the guise of democracy.
“Buhari and his friends want Nigeria to be like Stalin’s Soviet Union or, better still, like today’s North Korea and Saudi Arabia where dissent, oppositon to Government, plurality of views, variety of opinion, individual rights and criticism of Government policy and the maximum dictator is forbidden and where total power is concentrated in the hands of just one man. This is the classic Orwellian nightmare and it is unfolding before our very eyes.
“If they get away with it and achieve their objectives Nigeria is finished and within a matter of years we will become the blight of Africa, the pariah of the Third World, the laughing stock of the international community and the worlds largest prison.
“What a terrible fate for a people that are so compliant, so trusting, so innovative, so resourceful, so resilient and so blessed.”