As a result of his tweet about Mrs. Aisha Buhari, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aminu Adamu Mohammed, a student at the Federal University, Dutse Campus, Jigawa State, was wrongfully detained, according to the Defender of Human Rights and Access to Justice Foundation (DHRAJF).
The Defender of Human Rights and Access to Justice Foundation (DHRAJF), convened by Bright Eluagu, ESQ, stated in a statement made available to journalists in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, that the alleged descent into gross impunity of a prominent person was alarming.
Recall that Aminu allegedly was unlawfully detained and arrested after he sent a tweet in Hausa claiming that Aisha Buhari, the president’s wife, had gained weight “because of poor people’s money.”
It is troubling that a prominent member of the administration, such as the first lady, might stoop to the level of blatant impunity and executive impudence by directing Aminu’s detention due to his harmless post.
“To be clear, the right to free speech must be preserved both online and offline and is fundamentally protected by section 39 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.
“The social media, which is where democracy is truly put into practice, must always be viewed as a large circle that supports the right to free speech.
“In addition, it’s critical to emphasize that the ongoing suppression of alternative viewpoints by prominent government figures must end since no one is bigger than a whole country.
“As she enjoys the final portion of her stay in the presidential house, we urge Aisha Buhari to proceed cautiously. At the same time, we demand Aminu’s quick release from unjust detention.
But it must be said that the battle for social liberty, which calls for constant watchfulness, must be won.
“Freedom of speech will continue to be a stronghold against tyranny, impunity, oppression, and governmental rascality.”