Senator Removes Death Penalty From Hate Speech Bill (see reasons)
The chief Senate whip said the hate speech bill would be amended to ensure that the clauses in its proposed provisions reflect the views of Nigerians. Senator Sabi Abdullahi said that hate speech has killed many people and is a major factor in depression and suicide in Nigeria. “We have followed closely the arguments for and against the hate speech bill and we have seen the reason why some have criticized it,” he said. “Given the great respect we have for Nigerians, we will make an amendment to the death penalty that most Nigerians have opposed, so that a bill that meets their expectations is adopted. “It is clear from the conversations that Nigerians agree that hate speech, which has fueled so many murders and violence, is causing problems in today’s society and is responsible for cases of depression and suicides”. for the prohibition of hate speech will be put in place to protect against any act of discrimination against Nigerians.
Sources According to 9jabrowseNG, the former Senate spokesman, the proposed commission will have an executive chairman, a secretary and twelve commissioners appointed through a rigorous process involving the State Council, the president and the commander-in-chief of the federal armed forces. Republic of Nigeria and the National Assembly. In order to protect the independence of the commission, he stated that the bill provides that persons qualified to be appointed members of the commission must not be: members of the National Assembly or any government having local authority regional or federal. He added that any person who is a member of a political party or known to be affiliated with partisan politics, or who has defended local, ethnic or religious causes or openly defended partisan ethnic positions or interests, is prohibited from being appointed to serve on the board commission.