Social commentator, Japhet Omojuwa has said the 9th Senate is shaping up to be the most useless Senate in the history of Senating.
This is a reaction to the proposed hate speech bill sponsored by Senator Sabi Abdullahi. The bill has passed the first reading.
“This Senate is shaping up to be the most useless Senate in the history of Senating! Nigeria’s got ample laws on defamation, libel, and other associated crimes. This bill is an attempt to gag free speech. Busy-body senate!,” he wrote on his Twitter page.
This Senate is shaping up to be the most useless Senate in the history of Senating! Nigeria’s got ample laws on defamation, libel and other associated crimes. This bill is an attempt to gag free speech. Busy-body senate! https://t.co/IL7UVtI3P2
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) November 12, 2019
“National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speeches (EST, etc.) Bill, 2019 (SB. 154) by Senator Aliyu Sabi. National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speeches (EST, etc.) Bill, 2019 (SB. 154) is read for the First Time,” a tweet from the Senate reads.
Top dignitaries in the society like former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, have also condemned the bill, describing as one which will violate Nigerians’ constitutionally guaranteed right to Freedom of Speech.
See some reactions of Twitter users below.
I think the Senate should suspend any Senator that proposes any useless bill or makes stupid contribution in that chamber for at least 7months without pay. I mean, you can’t keep wasting tax payers money like that.
— Queen Mother (@visualcash) November 12, 2019
Pass that Hate speech law it will catch up with you
all. Senator Aliyu Sabi people sent him to senate to go fight for education, jobs, health care, roads, water for them but he is obsess with hate Speech law. Who will interpret the Laws this same judges right?
— Dan Dakata-Kawaji (@DaveTorty) November 12, 2019
Welcome to Nigeria my fatherland where citizens would face death penalty for hate speech and corrupt politicians will go free after thieving @NGRSenate is just a bunch of people that have no pity for commoners. Allah ya isa wlh duk da cewa most of you doubt d day of judgement.
— Nura Yusuf (@Senator_Noor) November 12, 2019
No National commission for Poverty and unemployment.
— Engr(Prof). Kalu Emeka (SAN) (@kaluemeka89) November 12, 2019
Lol ? you people that can’t obey the law ,Thunder fire all of Una there
— michael klaus (@Michael64646070) November 12, 2019
When the legislative arm of government is in the pocket of a retrogressive executive, bills like these are expected….Buhari and his cronies will not rest until they destroy what’s left of this country
— Chinedu O Peters (@chinedu0925) November 12, 2019