The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sues President Muhammad Buhari, and the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed over their inability to publish the agreement they had with the micro social media blog – Twitter, after lifting the twitter ban in January.
A statement from the agency said, the suit was filed on Friday, asking the Federal High Court in Lagos to compel the Federal Government (FG) to publish the agreement in the public space.
SERAP maintain that “Any agreement with social media companies must meet the constitutional requirements of legality, necessity”
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A statement released by the agency read in Part:
“We’ve filed a lawsuit, asking the court to direct and compel President Buhari and Alhaji Lai Mohammed to publish copy of the agreement with Twitter.
It is in the public interest to publish the agreement. This will allow Nigerians to scrutinise it.
”In the suit number FHC/L/CS/238/2022 filed last Friday at the Federal High Court, Lagos, SERAP is arguing that, “Publishing the agreement with Twitter would promote transparency, accountability, and help to mitigate threats to Nigerians’ human rights online”.
”Any agreement with social media companies must meet the constitutional requirements of legality, necessity, proportionality and legitimacy. Secretly agreed terms and conditions will fail these fundamental requirements.”
”An order of mandamus to direct and compel President Buhari and Alhaji Lai Mohammed to clarify the manner and scope in which the agreement with Twitter will be enforced, and whether the agreement incorporates respect for constitutional and international human rights.”