Nigerians’ll decide fate of hate speech bill, says Lawan


 Yusuf Alli, Onyedi Ojiabor, Sanni Onogu, Abuja

 

Following the unceasing attack on the proposed hate speech bill, Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan, on Monday declared that Nigerians will determine the fate of the controversial bill.

Lawan also insisted that the 9th Senate and indeed the National Assembly should be judged by its actions and inactions.

The Senate President made the declaration at a media parley in Abuja on the achievements of the 9th Senate in the past six months.

The proposed hate speech bill has continued a barrage of attacks by prominent Nigerians since it was introduced by its sponsor, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi.

But Lawan noted that Nigerians would have the opportunity to decide whether the bill would be passed or not.

He added that Nigerians would have a date during the public hearing on the bill to say whether they wanted the bill passed or not.

He expressed happiness that Nigerians were talking about the bill saying “it is not up to members of…



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