Biafra: Hate speech is executive propaganda - Popular lawyer
- Kevin Abonyi, an Anambra state-based legal practitioner, has reacted to the issue of hate speech in Nigeria
- Abonyi said the hate speech is not mentioned under terrorism act of 2011
- He, however, said Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has freedom of expression and association
Kevin Abonyi, an Anambra state-based legal practitioner, has described the issue of ''hate speech'' in Nigeria as an executive propaganda.
Abonyi said he did not encourage Nigerians to get involved in the hate speech even though it is not mentioned under terrorism act of 2011, Daily Sun reports.
Legit.ng gathered that he made this known in relation to the recent purported move by the federal government to rearrest Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the IPOB.
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He said that the executive arm coined ''hate speech'' to suit the prevailing circumstances in Nigeria ''not that it expressly has a legal backing''.
The lawyer said he wondered why the IPOB leader should be restricted from going to a market, church, attending his village or club meetings and other public functions which the bail conditions suggested.
Abonyi, however, advised Kanu not to over-heat the polity by his activities since some criminal elements could highjack the situation to cause trouble.
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He said: ''While he has the right of appeal, this he never did. Coming to the same court now to vary his bail conditions is an after thought. His team of lawyers should do the needful."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the lawmaker representing the Kaduna Central constituency in the Senate, Shehu Sani, reacted to the monitoring of social media by the military for hate speech, fake news and anti-government activity.
Watch a Legit.ng TV video below of Nigerians speaking about Kanu's Biafra secret service: