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BREAKING: Senate reject Hate Speech Bill, distances from Sen. Abdullahi
The Hallowed red chamber on Monday reportedly disowned itself from the widely condemned Hate Speech Bill which passed first reading last week, noting that it is a personal bill from the sponsor.
The acting Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Godiya Akwashiki, All Progressives Congress, APC, Nasarawa South while addressing Journalists said that contrary to widespread impression, mainly by Nigerians, the bill was not the idea of the 9th Senate.
Recall that a Bill to Establish a Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speeches was resubmitted to Senate last week.
The Bill, which was sponsored by the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, titled, “National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speeches (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB.154) was read first time at Plenary.
Akwashiki described as unfortunate the statement credited to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP which insinuated that the bill was a Senate bill, skewed to make the alleged third term ambition of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He maintained that the fate of the bill would be determined on the floor of the Senate after a robust debate by senators.
Meanwhile, the ex-spokesperson for the Senate and member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Niger North who sponsored the bill insisted at a news briefing on Monday that his proposed legislation was aimed at achieving peace in the country.