Sponsor of hate speech bill, Senator Sabi Abdullahi speaks on Buhari and third term agenda
Senator Sabi Abdullahi has defended the hate speech bill which has passed its first reading before the Senate.
The bill which is sponsored by Sabi Abdullahi aims at criminalizing hate speech with offenders liable to face life imprisonment or death by hanging.
Defending the bill after a public outcry against it, the senator revealed that the bi is aimed at preventing crisis which hate speech is capable of.
He also revealed that the bill has nothing to do with any third term agenda which some quarters of the public are saying President Buhari is nursing.
“For those who think their ludicrous assessment that the Hate Speech Bill is meant to give the current President Muhammadu Buhari a third term, it is not true.
For those shouting and using words that by every definition are Hate Speech, let them be guided. People said that the Bill is to prevent free speech. This is far from the truth. Very soon I will lead the debate for the Bill to be read a second time on floor of the Senate.
If you have never been a victim or your loved one has never been a victim of hate speech, then you have the luxury to talk the way you like. Many people have turned me into a monster and others have demonized me as the sponsor of the Hate Speech Bill but I am not moved.
In the course of my research on this matter, I discovered that Hate Speech has been used to silence so many people in this country. A country like Kenya has understood the dynamics of Hate Speech and they have taken action. I believe that this Bill is necessary and I am doing my duty as a lawmaker. I know I have tried my best. If tomorrow there is Hate Speech and there is violence, then I would have done my part,” Abdullahi said.
Spokesperson of the 9th Senate, Akwashiki who also addressed newsmen stated that the public should not have any fear over the proposed Hate Speech Bill.
“There is nothing for Nigerians to be afraid of. There is a process in the art of law making. The Bill will go for second reading where members will call for the removal of what they consider not right or for the addition of what they think should be there. Some people have made it political. I want to urge the press to educate the public about Hate Speech Bill,” Senator Akwashiki said.