Hate Speech Bill Pass May Transform Nigeria To Haven For Sycophants -Adegboruwa

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If Passed, Hate Speech Bill Could Transform Nigeria Into Haven For Sycophants -Adegboruwa
Hate Speech Bill Pass

Hate Speech Bill Pass: A Senior Advocate of Nigeria and activist, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, speaks on the hate speech bill and the Federal Government’s plan to regulate social media, in this interview with ENIOLA AKINKUOTU.

The Senate is working on a bill that prescribes the death sentence for anyone who makes a hate speech that causes the death of another person. What do you think will be the effect of the bill, if passed into law?

That bill is dead on arrival. It will never see the light of day because it is unconstitutional. Section 39 of the 1999 Constitution guarantees freedom of expression for all Nigerians to impart information and ideas without restriction and interference. That is the language of the constitution.

Now, we have enough laws to deal with hate speech or fake news. Section 24 of the Cyber Crime Act is very clear and unambiguous on how fake news and hate speech can be dealt with. The Criminal Procedure Act and the Criminal Procedure Code are replete with sections dealing with unfounded rumours. #Hate Speech Bill Pass.

There is also the civil remedy option of libel in court. Should the Senate go ahead to pass such a bill, we will challenge it in court because it is against our constitution.

It is only somebody who has something to hide that will ask people not to talk. The consequence of this bill for us, as a nation, is that there seems to be a hidden agenda. And the present government is scared of the reaction of the people to that agenda. This means that the bill is sinister.

I believe that Nigerians should stand up to this government, which rose to power on the back of the social media. Now that the government has power, it wants to remove the ladder, which it used to attain its present position. We will not allow its plan to succeed. The bill will be challenged in court.

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