Hate Speech bill: US Official meets Abdullahi

By Sanni Onogu, Abuja


A Political Officer of the Embassy of the United States of America, Jerry Howard, on Tuesday met with the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate and sponsor of the Hate Speech Bill, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi.

Howard said that he is impressed with the research the Senator did on the bill, according to a statement from Senator’s media office.

According to the United States Embassy official, the visit was intended to engage the sponsor of the Hate Speech bill and to seek an understanding into the proposed legislation under consideration by the Senate.

Following explanations by Senator Sabi Abdullahi on the bill, Mr. Howard said he is now better educated about the Bill, reports in the media notwithstanding.

He, therefore, advised the sponsor of the bill to engage and educate Non-Governmental Organizations and Civil Society Organizations in the country on its proposed contents so as to muster support for the bill.

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