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Opponents of Hate Speech Bill are ignorant – Sen. Sabi Abdullahi

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Opponents of Hate Speech Bill are ignorant

Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi has said that opponents of the Hate Speech Bill are ignorant of the dangers that loom if the bill is not passed into law.

In a signed statement on Sunday, Senator Abdullahi who is the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate said the opponents were only pretending to protect ‘Freedom of Speech’ by misinforming Nigerians on the intent of the legislation before the National Assembly.

The lawmaker, therefore, warned Nigerians to beware of “false information being spilled out by some persons and groups parading themselves as serving the interest of the nation”.

Citing a report by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on ‘Overcoming Dangerous Speech and Endemic Religious Divides in Central Nigeria’, Senator Sabi Abdullahi said persons with strong bias capable of escalating ethnic and religious violence were infiltrating the media.

According to him, such persons and groups were opposed to the passage of a Hate Speech law by the National Assembly as same would put an end to their trade that depends on using ethnic and religious bias for the realization of self-serving interests.

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