Pastor Abraham Akinosun, the President of Christ Apostolic Church,(CAC) Worldwide, has urged the National Assembly to drop the hate bill.
The bill which passed through first reading has met criticisms from several quarters currently before it.
The clergy further stated that instead of proceeding with the bill, the lawmakers should strengthen the existing laws guiding public utterances.
Speaking with reporters at Joseph Ayo Babalola International Miracle Centre, Ikeji-Arakeji, after the ordination of over 2000 new pastors of the church, Akinosun stated that the current administration needed prayers to surmount all the challenges facing the country.
While noting that the federal government was not totally against freedom of speech, he emphasised that no individual has been arrested for hate speech so far.
He, therefore, cautioned Nigerians on the need to be obedient and law-abiding for the nation to move on.
While calling on leaders to make policies that would be beneficial to the citizenry, the CAC President called for the release of human rights activists, Omoyele Sowore from the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS)
“Sowore should be released since a court of competent jurisdiction has ordered his release,” he said.
He also warned Nigerians against actions capable of truncating the nation’s democracy as there are limits.
“There is a limit to freedom in any democracy. We should not abuse the democracy we are enjoying in Nigeria.”
Akinosun, who stated that no responsible government will open its eyes and allow any individual or group of people to contravene the law of the land and truncate the duly constituted government, urged Nigerians to learn how to be obedient and respect the rule of law while the government should also respect the rule of law and avail the citizenry the fundamental freedom of expression.