- Senator Abdullahi says defamation, libel laws are inadequate to tackle hate speech in Nigeria
- According to him, many parliaments across the world have identified hate speech as a new threat
- Abdullahi added that hate speech dehumanises and targets individuals and groups
Following criticism that followed the hate speech bill before the National Assembly, Senator Sabi Abdullahi, the deputy chief whip of the Senate, on Thursday, November 28, declared that existing laws on defamation and libel are inadequate to tackle hate speech in its form.
According to him, parliaments across the world have identified hate speech as a new threat. He said they see it as a threat that dehumanises and targets individuals and groups, and also threatens peace in a diversified society, Channels TV reports.
“The provisions of defamation and libel laws in Nigeria clearly lack the grip to tackle the dimensions of hate speech in acts such as victimisation, marginalisation, and exclusion,” he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Abdullahi warned that if nothing was done to stop attacks on Nigerians through social media, the consequences could be unbearable.
He warned that Nigeria may experience severe crisis except the hate speech bill is passed to end the challenge the citizens are facing.
He argued that those engaging in hate speech remained determined to frustrate the bill by claiming to be advocates of ‘free speech'.
“What Nigerians do not know at the moment is that we are confronted by a big threat to our unity and existence as a people," he said.
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