Opponents Of ‘Hate Speech Bill’ Are Pretenders – Sen Abdullahi

Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, the sponsor of the much-criticised ‘hate speech bill’ says opponents of the “hate speech bill” are ignorant of the dangers that loom if it is not passed into law.

Many Nigerians have kicked against the bill, describing it as a threat to their fundamental rights.

But in a statement on Sunday, Abdullahi, said its opponents are only pretending to protect freedom of speech.

He asked people to beware of “false information being spilled out by some persons and groups parading themselves as serving the interest of the nation”.

Citing a report by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on “Overcoming Dangerous Speech and Endemic Religious Divides in Central Nigeria”, Abdullahi said persons with strong bias capable of escalating ethnic and religious violence are infiltrating the media.

He said such persons and groups are opposed to the passage of “hate speech” law by the national assembly would put an end to their trade.

“Both Christians and Muslims have said that the media blatantly expresses bias against their religion, and that journalists will deliberately not report their story or perspective,” he said.

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