A Bill to Establish a Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speech resurfaces for its second year on Tuesday bounced back in the Senate house.
Though the bill didn’t get a pass but it is disturbing that it’s coming back after it was rejected last year when it was first introduced.
The Bill titled, “National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speeches (Est, etc) Bill, 2019(SB.154) and sponsored by the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, All Progressives Congress, APC, Niger North was read the first time at Plenary.
keeping to the protocol of the Senate house, the new bill was introduced by the Senate Leader, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi of APC from Kebbi North and was affirmed by the Clerk of the Senate, Nelson Ayewor.
It was also recalled that the former bill was first introduced to the Senate last year’s Marchby same Senator Abdullahi where the bill stated that any person found guilty of any form of hate speech that results in the death of another person shall die by hanging upon conviction.
According to Vanguard, the bill sought to the establishment of an ‘Independent National Commission for Hate Speeches’, which shall enforce hate speech laws across the country.
The clearly stated that:-
“A person who uses, publishes, presents, produces, plays, provides, distributes and/or directs the performance of any material, written and/or visual, which is threatening, abusive or insulting or involves the use of threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, commits an offence, if such person intends thereby to stir up ethnic hatred, or having regard to all the circumstances, ethnic hatred is likely to be stirred up against any person or person from such an ethnic group in Nigeria.”