Hate Speech Bill, a remedy to religious, ethnic persecution in Nigeria

By Sanni Onogu, Abuja


Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, on Sunday said the passage of the Hate Speech Bill under consideration by the National Assembly will address all issues of discrimination associated with religious and ethnic persecution in Nigeria.

Abdullahi stated this against the backdrop of impending sanctions faced by Nigeria following its inclusion on the ‘special watchlist’ of the United States Government over high cases of religious and ethnic persecution.

The United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, had announced Nigeria’s inclusion into the religion violations list.

Also, the 2018 report of the United States Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), recommended Nigeria’s designation as a “Country of Particular Concern” (CPC) given the high cases of violence and discrimination recorded on the basis of religion and ethnicity.

The report indicted the Federal and State Governments of doing nothing to bring…

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