DAILY POST had reported that Senator Sabi Abdullahi representing Niger North Senatorial district, sponsored a private bill to tackle all hate speeches and all social media related content that are against the interest of the Nigerian society.
The lawmaker, who is the Deputy Chief Whip, wants the National Assembly to establish a Commission with administrative structures to deal with hate speeches in Nigeria.
The bill titled: “National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speeches (Est., etc) bill, 2019 (SB. 154)” passed its first reading on Tuesday.
The introduction of the hate speech bill has drawn unfavorable comments from Nigerians.
Former Vice president Atiku Abubakar described the hate speech bill as an ‘abuse of the legislative process that will violate Nigerians’ constitutionally guaranteed right to Freedom of Speech.
Omokri, reacting, warned the Senate against passing the anti-hate speech bill.
According to him, “This law, if passed, will one day come back to haunt them.”
Omokri on his Twitter page wrote: “They haven’t passed laws to hang killer herdsmen, they haven’t passed laws to hang Boko Haramist (they FREE ‘repentant’ Boko Haram)
“They haven’t passed laws to hang corrupt politicians but they want to pass a Bill to hang you for FREE SPEECH!
“If the Nigerian Senate bows to pressure and passes this anti hate speech bill, be it known to them that it was the law General Obasanjo’s government passed in 1976 that Abacha used to sentence Obj to death in 1995.
“This law, if passed, will one day come back to haunt them!”