NIN: Buhari has been given a 72-hour deadline to reopen the lines of 72 million Nigerians

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NIN: Buhari has been given a 72-hour deadline to reopen the lines of 72 million Nigerians

NIN: Buhari has been given a 72-hour deadline to reopen the lines of 72 million Nigerians.

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has ordered President Muhammadu Buhari 72 hours to rescind his decision to ban 72 million Nigerians’ cell phone connections.

SERAP urged Buhari to “direct the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to immediately reverse the apparently illegal decision to prevent over 72 million active telecommunications subscribers from making calls on their SIM cards.”

The Federal Government ‘directed’ telecommunications providers last week to stop outbound calls on all unlinked lines as the verification deadline expired on March 31.

Over 72 million users have been prevented from making calls as a result of the decision.

SERAP, on the other hand, stated that the decision to prohibit individuals from making calls constituted an infringement on Nigerians’ freedom of speech.

The organization stated in an open letter dated 9 April 2022 and signed by SERAP Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, “Blocking individuals from making calls limits their capacity to speak freely and connect with others.” It violates their freedom of expression and family life, as well as their socioeconomic rights.

“The ruling will have a chilling effect, discouraging free exchange of ideas and information.”

“The decision to prevent people from making calls is also contradictory with the country’s international legal duties to uphold, preserve, promote, and facilitate economic and social rights.” The judgment runs counter to the principles of the rule of law and democratic society.

“Reversing the judgment immediately would be in accordance with the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 [as amended] and Nigeria’s international human rights commitments.” Reversing the judgment will also boost the international community’s trust in Nigeria’s human rights and rule of law.”

 

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