A former President of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) has advised the National Assembly (NASS) not to pass the Hate Speech Bill.
Olanipekun warned that the bill could create bad blood and disunity among Nigerians.
He said it was not only counterproductive but also conflicts with the fundamental human rights of Nigerians.
He lamented that such a bill could emanate from the NASS and expressed fear that those pushing for the bill now may soon fall victim to it.
Olanipekun spoke at the weekend in Ekiti State, during the Wole Olanipekun Foundation’s annual scholarship awards for over a hundred indigent but brilliant students.
The former NBA President enjoined legislators to rather than initiate problematic pieces of legislation like the Hate Speech bill, concentrate on sponsoring bills that would cushion the effects of “insecurity, poor education, hardship and bad roads” that plague the country.