Bill against hate speeches underway — Interior minister
A bill for the prosecution of people who engage in hate speeches is underway, the Minister of Interior, retired Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau, has said.
Dambazau said this at the national secretariat of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) while fielding questions from journalists on Wednesday.
The minister, who was at the APC secretariat to brief the National Working Committee (NWC) on the activities of his ministry, said a draft bill had been submitted to the Ministry of Justice on the matter.
He said hate speeches must never be allowed in Nigeria since nobody determined the tribe he or she belonged to.
Asked why it was difficult to prosecute those perpetrating hate speeches, he said, “We just submitted a draft bill to the Ministry of Justice on hate speech. That draft speech is supposed to go as an executive bill after getting to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.
“That draft speech contains the laws and punishment for hate speech.
“Hate speech should not be allowed in this country; everybody is entitled to belong to the religion he believes in. I mean people don’t choose the tribe to be, that’s how God brought them and there is absolutely no reason for hate speech.
“So, if the National Assembly passes that law, certainly anybody who is engaged in hate speech will be prosecuted in accordance with the law,” Dambazau said.