Bill against hate speeches un­der­way — In­te­rior min­is­ter

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - By Muideen Olaniyi & Nu­rudeen Issa

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.

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