Protesters oppose NGO bill, storm National Assembly

Some protesters on Wednesday protested against the planned passage of the ‘NGO bill’ by the National Assembly.

The protesters from various Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) stormed the National Assembly to kick against the bill.

The protesters marched down to the national assembly entrance gate from the Unity Fountain.

Why it matters:

The House of Representatives Committee on Civil Society Organisations and development partners is currently holding a public hearing on the bill.

The bill seeks to control the activities of NGOs.

What Amnesty International said:

Amnesty International on Tuesday urged Nigerians to oppose the bill.

“The bill will have devastating effects on Nigerians which is why they are trying to pass it as quickly as possible, before too many people take action to stop it,” it said.

“The so-called ‘NGO’ bill will keep Nigerians from freely sharing their opinions, holding open discussion forums or organizing people to protest.”

The public hearing on the bill will end on Thursday, December 14.

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