Amnesty Int’l Urges Nigerians To Reject Purported NGO Bill

LAGOS DECEMBER 13TH (NEWSRANGERS)-Amnesty International has appealed to Nigerians to reject the purported Federal Government NGO Bill in the sense that the so called bill will keep Nigerians from freely sharing their opinions, holding open discussion forums or organizing people to protest.
In a statement made available to NewsRangers, Amnesty International who reiterated that the Nigerian government is trying to push through new legislation that will severely restrict human rights in Nigeria, argued that the effects of the so-called ‘NGO’ bill will be far wider than just on NGOs, adding that the bill will shrink the rights of all Nigerians and allow the government to exert more control over them.
“But, the government has just announced a very short public consultation on 13 and 14 December that gives us a window to raise our objections formally. If we don’t act now and speak out against it before 14 December, when the public hearing finishes, it could be too late.
“The government has tried to make it sound like this ‘NGO bill’ is just about restricting the freedom of NGOs. But this goes much further and already many voices across many communities in Nigeria are showing their resistance to this bill. It could have devastating effects on all Nigerians – which is why the government is trying to pass it as quickly as possible, before too many people take action to stop it. The people in power are trying to rush this bill through, in order to quickly silence us,” the statement signed by Esther Ikubaje
Campaigner, Amnesty International Nigeria advised.

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