‘Hate speech is the root of Nigeria’s problem’ – Deputy Chief Whip, Aliyu Abdullahi
The Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, has given reasons why the hate speech bill should be signed into law in Nigeria.
Abdullahi stated that the dangers of violence in the country would be addressed if the hate speech bill is signed into law.
The senator revealed this while speaking on Channels Television where he insisted that hate speech was the root cause of violence in Nigeria.
He said: “I am still strongly convinced that the problem of hate speech is one that Nigeria must tackle. From what I have studied, both from a lot of scholars that have gone on the subject of violence in the country, there is a conclusion that almost all the violence is preceded by hate speech.
“Yes there may be a crisis between groups, but what will lead to violence is that somebody must have said something that is inciting to violence and that is how innocent people will fall victims, losing their lives and livelihood for no just cause because somebody somewhere is irresponsible enough to incite other people to that violence.
“What is the cause of violence? Hate speech is at the root of it. When we talk about hate speech, the issue of incitement comes in.”