Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi has said opponents of the Hate Speech Bill are ignorant of the dangers that loom if the bill is not passed into law. In a statement he signed Sunday, Senator Abdullahi said the opponents were only pretending to protect ‘Freedom of Speech’ by misinforming Nigerians on the intent of the legislation before the National Assembly.
therefore, warned Nigerians 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’,
Senator Sabi Abdullahi said persons with strong bias capable of
escalating ethnic and religious violence are infiltrating the media.
According to him, such persons and groups are opposed to the passage of a
Hate Speech law by the National Assembly as same would put an end to
their trade that depends on using ethnic and religious bias for the
realization of self-serving interests.