- Akeredolu has kicked against capital punishment in the Senate's anti-hate speech bill
- The Ondo state governor said that expression of people’s opinions on social and news media should not warrant the death penalty
- Going further, the governor also warned against gagging the free press
The proposed capital punishment clause in the hate speech bill before the National Assembly has been condemned by Ondo state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
The governor criticised the bill while delivering an address at the Biennial Conference of the Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies (CPSS) of the University of Ilorin.
The governor spoke on the theme; Domesticating Sustainable Development Goal 16 in Nigeria: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.
According to Akeredolu, people expressing their opinions on social and news media should not warrant the death penalty.
"How can I contemplate such law in this day and time," the governor asked.
He said whatever people circulate on social media will eventually fade away.
Going further, Akeredolu warned against gagging the free press. He said at no time should journalists be gagged from performing their statutory functions.
He said it is the courts and not the politicians, that should determine when journalists or the media house flout the laws.
Meanwhile, recall that Legit.ng had reported that no Nigerian governor is in support of death penalty for hate speech as is being proposed in the Senate under a bill currently being considered by the upper chamber, according to Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state.
Governor Tambuwal disclosed this to journalists on Wednesday, November 20, in Abuja, while urging the Senate to respect the wishes of Nigerians concerning the bill.
The governor further urged the National Assembly to organise a public hearing on the bill to make it pass through the actual processes for passage.
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