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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Protest Against The 'Hate Speech Bill' If You Don't Want It - Senate President Tells Nigerians

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has asked Nigerians to mobilise against the proposed hate speech bill if they do not want it.

Speaking at a media briefing in Abuja on Monday, the senate president said it is up to Nigerians to decide, at the public hearing, if the bill should be passed or not.

In November, Sabi Abdullahi senator representing Niger north, sponsored the bill, which states that any person found guilty of any form of hate speech that results in the dealth of another person should face death by hanging. 

This has sparked widespread criticism across the country.

However, Lawan said the bill is for every interested person and not for members of the national assembly alone.

“I answered something at the beginning about hate speech. Hate speech (bill) is one issue that has elicited so much reaction from Nigerians,” Lawan said.

"Personally, I’m happy that everybody is talking. It is not up to members of the national assembly alone to deal with the hate speech bill.

"Like I said at the beginning, it is for every interested person. If you say the hate speech bill should not pass, when they would conduct the public hearing, get as many people against the hate speech bill as possible to attend the public hearing and make their case.

"I am sure it is better for me stop talking about hate speech so that I don’t also engage in hate speech."

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