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Hate speech: FG to sponsor Executive Bill to punish perpetrators

By dayan (M)August 11, 2017, 08:14:09 AM


The Federal Government has revealed that an Executive Bill will be sent to the National Assembly which, if passed into law, will spell out harsh punishment for perpetrators of hate speeches in the country.

Minister of Interior, Lt. General Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd) made the disclosure after appearing before the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja, to update the committee on the performance of his ministry.

Reacting to the effects of hate speeches, currently trending on the social media, the minister said the draft bill is already with the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami for onward transmission to both chambers of the National Assembly.

Asked why it has become difficult for his ministry to hunt down the perpetrators of hate speeches, he said: “What we have done now is to submit a draft bill to the Ministry of Justice on hate speech, which will go as an Executive Bill after passing through the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation.

“The draft contains the laws and punishment for hate speeches. This should not be allowed in this country. Everybody is entitled to belong to his religion and no one chose the tribe he wants to be born.

“That is how God wants the person to be and there is absolutely no reason for hate speech. If the National Assembly passes the bill, certainly, anybody who engages in hate speech will be prosecuted in accordance with the law of the country,” he said.

He equally spoke on the church killing in Ozubulu in Anambra State, insisting that the Federal Government is still awaiting comprehensive report on the issue. The minister, however, denied speculation that the killing was as a reult of war between drug barons.

“I have spoken with the governor of Anambra State and he told me that it was an issue bordering on relationship between two persons from the same village resident somewhere in South Africa. As a result, one of them arranged the violent attack.

“I have not received the detailed report of that incident. But, whether there is speculation that those two persons are involved in drug peddling and trafficking, I am still awaiting the detailed report. However, as I said, I have spoken to the governor who confirmed that it was a rift between two persons from the same village, resident in South Africa,”  he emphasised.

On his biggest achievement in the two years he has served as minister, he said: “As you know, I have five agencies under my ministry, including the Nigeria Police, Immigration, Prisons, Civil Defence and Federal Fire Services. Each of these services has a unique stand and I can tell you that we have recorded far-reaching achievements in terms of their reforms.”

“We have drawn out policies that would enable them meet their contemporary challenges. Again, we have ensured that these policies are adequately implemented. While some have been completed, others are ongoing. Therefore, I can tell you that we have done much more than what we met.”

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Re: Hate speech: FG to sponsor Executive Bill to punish perpetrators

By dayan (M)August 11, 2017, 08:25:17 AM
In a properly constituted parliament, this law would be thrown out immediately because it violates a citizen's right to free speech.
But in a Nigerian parliament populated by people who do not represent the citizens, anything can be passed there.

That is why the first place to start to amend Nigeria is from the military decree dressed up as a constitution. That document must be thrown away totally and a new one created by the peoples of Nigeria (note the PEOPLES, because Nigeria is made up of many nations).

If such a law had been in place, the Sultan of Sokoto would have violated it when he stated that Northerners are (or was it their leaders)  lazy. The Sultan felt that that is a fact, but some northerners would have been offended by it. Some of them would have scream murder if a southerner had said it.

The fact that such a law is even being considered in Nigeria shows the whole world how backward thinking and totalitarian the country is.
I can't think of any first world country that has a law that qualifies speech.
Speech is speech. What qualifies it is perception of the receiver of the speech, which means that it is very subjective.

That is why calls for Nigeria to be restructured will gather momentum. 


Re: Hate speech: FG to sponsor Executive Bill to punish perpetrators

By Ramjoe (M)August 12, 2017, 04:39:39 AM
Is it just me or he didn't quite answer the question:

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On his biggest achievement in the two years he has served as minister, he said: “As you know, I have five agencies under my ministry, including the Nigeria Police, Immigration, Prisons, Civil Defence and Federal Fire Services. Each of these services has a unique stand and I can tell you that we have recorded far-reaching achievements in terms of their reforms.”

“We have drawn out policies that would enable them meet their contemporary challenges. Again, we have ensured that these policies are adequately implemented. While some have been completed, others are ongoing. Therefore, I can tell you that we have done much more than what we met


No tangible achievements, uh? Those policies? They can't be any different from this one, can they?
This one should never be passed as it swallows citizens' right, one of the fundamental rights at that.


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