- Shehu Sani has criticised new fine for hate speech
- According to him, with it, Nigeria has found an alternative to revenue generated from oil
- Many Nigerians also voiced the opposition to the increment
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Nigeria has discovered an alternative to oil revenue, former Kaduna lawmaker, Shehu Sani, has declared. The senator said this in response to the federal government's increment of fines attached to those convicted of hate speech.
Sani said this in a tweet on his official Twitter page on Wednesday, August 5.
"With N5 million as fine for hate speech, we have discovered an alternative to oil revenue," he wrote.
In reaction to the former lawmaker's position, many Nigerians came online to reject the fine imposition.
"I will accept 5 million naira as fine for hate speech the same day they pass and allow public firing squad for corrupt politicians ..no immunity for anyone..no one is above the law on corruption..from President down to the policeman n the street. Corruption will end that same day," Vincent Taiye wrote.
On his part, Akinkunmi Akinsola wrote in response to Sani's post: "Haaaaa, you've just made an Hate speech. Prepare your 5m. Is there a bill for bad governance or bad leadership or looting?"
"How many oppressed Nigerians can boast of N1 million talk more of 5 million for someone who's the situation of the country has made to talk and behaves like a man with whitlow on his ten fingers? Hate action begets hate speech simple!" Armstrong Chuks wrote.
On his part, Yemi Agwoko wrote: "We and our progenitors will remember everything they are doing now. They are comfortable fighting the people while shielding bandits, Boko Haram members and killer herdsmen. We'll remember."
Meanwhile, a Twitter user, Kaycee told the senator that there is a need for Nigerians to stop saying things that can incite Nigerians.
"Sir, let's stop inciting and inculcating things that could wrongly trigger Nigerians anger, hate speech to me is tantamount to misinformation, and if anybody misinforms people about you for his/her personal gains and political selfishness, what will you do? Let's grow together," he wrote.
Recall that Legit.ng had reported that the federal government raised the fine for hate speech from N500,000 to N5 million.
The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made this known when he unveiled the reviewed Nigeria Broadcasting Code.
Mohammed clarified that the amendments were necessitated by a presidential directive, in the wake of the 2019 general elections.
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