- Senator Sabi Abdullahi, who is behind the move for the hate speech bill, has said that violence is mostly caused by unchecked verbal expressions
- Abdullahi said that the bill, when approved, will tackle the dangers that stem from hate speeches
- The senator also said that Nigerians should not attach emotional sentiments to the proposed bill
The sponsor of the national commission for the pthe rohibition of hate speech bill, Senator Sabi Abdullahi, has said that violence in Nigeria is always triggered by untamed verbal expressions.
Abdullahi said that when passed into law, the bill will tackle the dangers and possible damages posed by hate speeches in Nigeria.
Speaking on Tuesday, November 26, the senator said that Nigerians should separate their emotions whenever they consider the bill.
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."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Abdullahi had given in to the agitations by Nigerians that the death penalty should be amended.
The senator who is the deputy chief whip of the upper legislative chamber made this known in a statement released on Sunday, November 24.
According to the statement, the lawmaker, who is representing Niger North senatorial district, said the bill will be modified to reflect the views and wishes of Nigerians before it is passed into law.
Abdullahi also reportedly expressed the willingness of the Senate to accept contributions by critics and supporters of the bill.
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