The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to instruct the military to immediately end any monitoring of Nigerians on the social media.

SERAP, in a statement yesterday by its deputy director, Timothy Adewale, also called on the president to ensure that military operations comply with the constitution and the country’s obligations under international human rights law

Instead of authorising the monitoring of Nigerians’ communication on the social media, SERAP called on the president to develop proactive and holistic policies that ensure technology is used to increase both freedom and security of Nigerians and ensure that everyone benefits from digital technology and not criminalised and penalised for using it.

SERAP also asked Buhari to focus on promoting open, transparent and democratic dialogue, and protecting those at risk of being attacked for their opinions, instead of monitoring or clamping down on freedom of expression and privacy online.

-YNAIJA

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