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Throwback: Boko Haram’s Ban Violates Constitution -lai Mohammed by NaijaMutant(f): 7:43am On Dec 04, 2020
Here lies a throwback comment of the current minister of Information and Culture and former publicity secretary of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) Alhaji Lai Mohammed fighting against the GEJ led federal government for proscribing Bokoharam in 2013


The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has said that the recent proscription of Boko Haram and Ansaru, desirable as it may be in tackling the terrorist organisations, violates the Constitution.

According to the party, the proscription stifles the press and tampers with the fundamental human rights of Nigerians.


In a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the ACN said the order also makes it easy for an increasingly intolerant government to clamp down on the opposition, which it sees more as an irritant than an indispensable part of democracy.

It urged professional media organisations to challenge the Order in court to save journalists from long jail terms “simply for carrying out their constitutional duties”.

The ACN urged the Federal Government to clarify “the knotty and vague areas” of the open-ended Order, that may end up punishing journalists and infringing on the civil liberties of the citizens more than it will curtail the activities of the sects.

‘’Against the background of insinuations in government circles, let us be clear that we do not condone the activities of these sects that have killed and maimed innocent Nigerians and turned a section of the country into a battle field. Terrorism in all its ramifications is condemnable, and no responsible government will allow any group, no matter its name, grievances or ideology, to carry out terrorist acts unchecked.

‘’But we believe that whatever action government takes – even in an emergency – must pass the Constitutional test, especially since the relevant sections of the Constitution have not been suspended,’’ the party said.

It said the offensive section of the Order is Section 5 (1), which prescribes a term of imprisonment of not less than 20 years ‘’for any person who knowingly, in any manner, directly or indirectly, solicits or renders support for the commission of an act of terrorism or to a terrorist group’’.

The ACN said “support”, as defined by the Order, includes ‘’incitement to commit a terrorist act through the Internet, or any electronic means or through the use of printed materials or through the dissemination of terrorist information.

‘’Is this subsection not in conflict with Chapter II Section 22 of the Nigeria constitution, which says ‘The press, radio, television and other agencies of the mass media, shall AT ALL TIMES BE FREE (emphasis ours) to uphold the fundamental objectives contained in this chapter and uphold the responsibility and accountability of the government to the people?’

‘’By stifling the press, is the Order not abridging a part of the fundamental human rights guaranteed every citizen under Chapter Four of the Nigerian Constitution in Section 39 (1), which states thus: ‘Every person shall be entitled to freedom of expression, including freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference?’(emphasis ours).

‘’Can journalists escape being sentenced to 20-year jail terms for publishing statements issued by the sects? Can they freely report on videos periodically posted on YouTube by Boko Haram leader Shekau? Can the media freely report the kind of massacre that took place in Baga in April without being held liable for ‘supporting’ terrorism? Can radio and television stations organise talk shows on terrorism without the discussants being held liable for ‘supporting’ terrorism?

‘’Can the opposition criticise the government’s strategies against the terrorist sects, through its regular intervention, without being perceived as offering support to the sects? Does this Order cover the satellite broadcast channels that can be accessed in many homes across the country? Who determines when this Order has been breached? These are some of the questions that arise under the proscription Order,’’ the party said.

It said the government must take a cue from what obtains in other countries, especially in the US, which are also battling terrorism, adding that the media in those countries have continued to report freely on the activities of the global terrorist organisation Al-Qaeda, despite the horrendous attacks it has carried out in the US and Europe, among others.

‘’In a statement we issued on May 5th, we said inter alia: ‘The Jonathan Administration is steadily descending into despotism with a brazen assault on the freedom of expression and the press, the use of national institutions against perceived enemies and a growing inclination to denigrate opposition leaders.

‘’The Jonathan Administration is anchored on a Transformation Agenda. But the only transformation that we can see is the one from a democratically-elected

President to an Emperor, a despot…If the President is not prevailed upon to change course, Nigeria may be in for another season of anomie, reminiscent of the days of the maximum ruler who took the country to the brink before his sudden demise.’

‘’We hate to say this has turned out to be prescient, in view of the dangerous provisions of the Boko Haram’s and Ansaru’s proscription Order. The Order’s assault on the press freedom and the Constitutionally-guaranteed rights of ordinary Nigerians is unprecedented in the country’s history. We call on the Federal Government to take a second look at this Order, with a view to resolving any conflict it may have with the Constitution,” the ACN said.

In a reaction to the AC N statement, House of Representatives Minority Leader Femi Gbajabiamila said: “You make a controversial but an interesting and valid point. The order itself is in order but for the word support which is ambiguous n needs interpretation.”

https://www.google.com/amp/s/thenationonlineng.net/acn-boko-harams-ban-violates-constitution/amp/

Fellow Nigerians,

What do you make of this?

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Re: Throwback: Boko Haram’s Ban Violates Constitution -lai Mohammed by NaijaMutant(f): 7:43am On Dec 04, 2020
Nigerians with short memories.

How did you turn around to trust these miscreants.


O foolish Nigerians, who has beguiled you cry

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Re: Throwback: Boko Haram’s Ban Violates Constitution -lai Mohammed by ITbomb(m): 7:50am On Dec 04, 2020
NaijaMutant:
Nigerians with short memories.

How did you turn around to trust these miscreants.


O foolish Nigerians, who has beguiled you cry
Just like how they forgot that Nigeria was a pariah state with collapsed infrastructure and massive undocumented looting after 40 years of military rule before PDP came

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Re: Throwback: Boko Haram’s Ban Violates Constitution -lai Mohammed by Bethel4Life(f): 7:54am On Dec 04, 2020
Speechless....
Re: Throwback: Boko Haram’s Ban Violates Constitution -lai Mohammed by donyfrank: 7:54am On Dec 04, 2020
Can you imagine. And adults are supporting these people.
It baffles mean

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Re: Throwback: Boko Haram’s Ban Violates Constitution -lai Mohammed by Bethel4Life(f): 7:57am On Dec 04, 2020
Back then, we thought that Apc was an opposition political party...


not knowing that they are a band of criminals waiting to finish the little that the GEJ admin left to steal

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Re: Throwback: Boko Haram’s Ban Violates Constitution -lai Mohammed by Jagznation(m): 7:58am On Dec 04, 2020
change!!!
Re: Throwback: Boko Haram’s Ban Violates Constitution -lai Mohammed by ivolt: 8:00am On Dec 04, 2020
So. Who doesn't remember Lai's propaganda?

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Re: Throwback: Boko Haram’s Ban Violates Constitution -lai Mohammed by Racoon(m): 8:03am On Dec 04, 2020
-1). "A fight against BH terrorists is a fight against the north." -Buhari.

-2). "Proscription of Ansaru(BH terrorists) violates the constitution.." -Lai Mohammed.

-3). "The sultan of Sokoto, the spiritual leader of Nigeria's Muslims, has condemned the military crackdown against the Islamist Boko Haram sect."We cannot solve violence with violence," -Mohammed Sa'ad Abubakar.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-14342863
BH terrorist and sympathisers fighting themselves? A house divided against itself can not stand.Any wonder terrorism remains strong in Nigeria.The charm these people used on Nigeria nah helele.

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Re: Throwback: Boko Haram’s Ban Violates Constitution -lai Mohammed by Racoon(m): 8:03am On Dec 04, 2020
ivolt:
So?

It showed that they were supporters of BH insurgency. They supported it because of political exigencies and that was treason.APC was BH and vice versa.

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Re: Throwback: Boko Haram’s Ban Violates Constitution -lai Mohammed by NaijaMutant(f): 8:08am On Dec 04, 2020
ITbomb:

Just like how they forgot that Nigeria was a pariah state with collapsed infrastructure and massive undocumented looting after 40 years of military rule before PDP came

To zombies, Nigeria started with 16 years of PDP.

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Re: Throwback: Boko Haram’s Ban Violates Constitution -lai Mohammed by NaijaMutant(f): 8:09am On Dec 04, 2020
Jagznation:
change!!!

Change kee you there

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Re: Throwback: Boko Haram’s Ban Violates Constitution -lai Mohammed by Xisnin(m): 8:09am On Dec 04, 2020
It is always like this.
Re: Throwback: Boko Haram’s Ban Violates Constitution -lai Mohammed by Paperworka: 8:14am On Dec 04, 2020
Buratai is from Borno, Bokoharam leader is from Bornu and You want Buratai to kill shekau? angry angry angry angry

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Re: Throwback: Boko Haram’s Ban Violates Constitution -lai Mohammed by ivolt: 8:18am On Dec 04, 2020
Racoon:
[s][/s]It showed that they were supporters of BH insurgency.They supported it because of political exigencies and that was treason.
First get proper education to know the meaning of treason. At least, that should be a minimum requirement of your job. You and Lai muhammed are two sides of the same coin. You both are devious elements. Lai used every Boko haram bad news then for political purposes and even wants sanctions against Nigeria. You use every Boko haram bad news now for political propaganda and also supports sanctions against the Nigerian army. It will have been more honorable that you don't try to pretend to care just like Lai never cared about Boko haram victims in the first place.

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Re: Throwback: Boko Haram’s Ban Violates Constitution -lai Mohammed by NaijaMutant(f): 8:52am On Dec 04, 2020
ivolt:

First get proper education to know the meaning of treason. At least, that should be a minimum requirement of your job. You and Lai muhammed are two sides of the same coin. You both are devious elements. Lai used every Boko haram bad news then for political purposes and even wants sanctions against Nigeria. You use every Boko haram bad news now for political propaganda and also supports sanctions against the Nigerian army. It will have been more honorable that you don't try to pretend to care.

Stop trying hard to prove sensible.

It is far from you.

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Re: Throwback: Boko Haram’s Ban Violates Constitution -lai Mohammed by ivolt: 9:30am On Dec 04, 2020
NaijaMutant:


Stop trying hard to prove sensible.

It is far from you.
Who let you out?
Re: Throwback: Boko Haram’s Ban Violates Constitution -lai Mohammed by Nobody: 10:02am On Dec 04, 2020
An attack on Boko Haram is an attack against the north

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Re: Throwback: Boko Haram’s Ban Violates Constitution -lai Mohammed by Fernandeswagger: 10:14am On Dec 04, 2020
I wonder how the silly old man sleeps at night. The same morons now trying to regulate social media.

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Re: Throwback: Boko Haram’s Ban Violates Constitution -lai Mohammed by KwaraRat: 10:26am On Dec 04, 2020
APC is Boko Haram

Only a fool won't see this link.

Buruntai confirmed this just yesterday with his latest lame blame game on why BH is yet to be defeated.

In what was obviously a reaction to a Premium Times interview with the head of a SA mercenary company who stated in detail how Buhari not only kicked them out but went as far as sacking and jailing some officers working in tandem with his security company.

This proved that Buhari allowed BH to fester and if you look at all the huge ransoms paid to BH over the years by Buhari it won't be any surprise that the Buhari govt is not only harbouring BH but paying them handsomely just as he is doing with his fulani militia and bandits .

Buruntai has blamed his commanders, troops and even the victims of BH for his colossal failure but is it truly a failure or rather his complicity in seeing to BH remain waxing strong?


With the Premium Times interview you can see why Buruntai is now blaming external actors whom in his illitetare state called "the international community".


Idris Derbie knows what's up and that's why he is no longer interested in the multinational coalition .

Buhari and APC are Boko Haram.

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Re: Throwback: Boko Haram’s Ban Violates Constitution -lai Mohammed by JAMO84: 10:35am On Dec 04, 2020
Fake news.

He wasn't talking about the whole ban, the statement was about a section of the ban order that was aimed at stifling the press.


If you didn't read all of the statement and understand it, please, do not quote me. I didn't spend many years in schools, just to read a sensational headline and jump to conclusion.




I AM DONE TALKING
Re: Throwback: Boko Haram’s Ban Violates Constitution -lai Mohammed by NaijaMutant(f): 11:01am On Dec 04, 2020
JAMO84:
Fake news.

He wasn't talking about the whole ban, the statement was about a section of the ban order that was aimed at stifling the press.


If you didn't read all of the statement and understand it, please, do not quote me. I didn't spend many years in schools, just to read a sensational headline and jump to conclusion.

I AM DONE TALKING

When the society rewards foolishness, this is what it births.

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Re: Throwback: Boko Haram’s Ban Violates Constitution -lai Mohammed by JAMO84: 11:07am On Dec 04, 2020
NaijaMutant:


When the society rewards foolishness, this is what it births.
See that word that start with F, that your family traditional title
Re: Throwback: Boko Haram’s Ban Violates Constitution -lai Mohammed by NaijaMutant(f): 3:56pm On Dec 04, 2020
Lalasticlala, Seun

Will this throwback news also embarrass the government?
Re: Throwback: Boko Haram’s Ban Violates Constitution -lai Mohammed by Redhot111(m): 4:02pm On Dec 04, 2020
JAMO84:
Fake news.

He wasn't talking about the whole ban, the statement was about a section of the ban order that was aimed at stifling the press.


If you didn't read all of the statement and understand it, please, do not quote me. I didn't spend many years in schools, just to read a sensational headline and jump to conclusion.




I AM DONE TALKING


Another loosed Cannon
Re: Throwback: Boko Haram’s Ban Violates Constitution -lai Mohammed by OOzz: 4:57pm On Dec 04, 2020
JAMO84:
Fake news.

He wasn't talking about the whole ban, the statement was about a section of the ban order that was aimed at stifling the press.


If you didn't read all of the statement and understand it, please, do not quote me. I didn't spend many years in schools, just to read a sensational headline and jump to conclusion.




I AM DONE TALKING

Sense is indeed a luxury to fools
Re: Throwback: Boko Haram’s Ban Violates Constitution -lai Mohammed by NaijaMutant(f): 6:19pm On Dec 04, 2020
OOzz:


Sense is indeed a luxury to fools

Better rebuttal grin
Re: Throwback: Boko Haram’s Ban Violates Constitution -lai Mohammed by Bialegend(m): 10:29pm On Jan 08
These terrorists sef!
Re: Throwback: Boko Haram’s Ban Violates Constitution -lai Mohammed by GamalNasser: 10:55pm On Jan 08
Little wonder Boko Haram has thrived so we'll under APC
Re: Throwback: Boko Haram’s Ban Violates Constitution -lai Mohammed by Racoon(m): 11:00pm On Jan 08
ivolt:
First get proper education to know the meaning of treason.At least, that should be a minimum requirement of your job.

You and Lai muhammed are two sides of the same coin. You both are devious elements. Lai used every Boko haram bad news then for political purposes and even wants sanctions against Nigeria.

You use every Boko haram bad news now for political propaganda and also supports sanctions against the Nigerian army. It will have been more honorable that you don't try to pretend to care just like Lai never cared about Boko haram victims in the first place.

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