- Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, sponsor of the hate speech bill, has asked Nigerians to disregard those opposed to it
- Abdullahi is of the belief that those opposed to the bill only pretend to love Nigeria, but are ignorant of the dangers posed to the country if it is not passed
- The senator noted that conflicts have often happened as a result of hate speech
Those battling against the passage of the hate speech bill are not doing Nigeria well because they are ignorant of the dangers their activities pose to the country's progress, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, has said.
Abdullahi, who sponsored the controversial bill, made this warning known in a statement he personally signed.
The senator claimed that those opposed to the bill only pretend about the freedom of speech in the country with misinformation to Nigerians about the content of the proposed law.
Abdullahi urged Nigerians to be mindful of the information they digest from civil society groups and individuals who pretend to love the country.
“Both Christians and Muslims have said that the media blatantly expresses bias against their religion, and that journalists will deliberately not report their story or perspective.
“Outside the immediate communities affected by a specific incident, the general public’s understanding of violent events is often incomplete," Abdullahi said.
The senator argued that false news concerning attacks have incited some others to carry out revenge in parts of the country.
Citing reports to back his argument, Abdullahi noted: “Across the country, scores of people were killed as a result of these conflicts, further providing fuel for the wildfire of hate speech.
“More than at any time in the recent history of the country, hate speech became widely used in public discourse and communication."
Legit.ng earlier reported how Abdullahi recently argued that violence in Nigeria had always been 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.
The senator added that Nigerians should separate their emotions whenever they consider the bill.
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