Hate speech bill not to elongate Buhari’s tenure, Senate clarifies | The Guardian Nigeria News


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The Senate yesterday clarified that the hate bill sponsored barely a week ago by Aliu Sabi Abdullahi was not to secure an alleged third tenure for President Muhammadu Buhari by way of criminalising opposing views.

This comes as the sponsor of the piece of legislation tagged “National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speeches” and which last week scaled first reading on the floor of the red chamber alleged threat to his life.

The upper legislative chamber’s spokesman, Godiya Akwashiki, explained: “The bill in question is a private member one. It was not sent here by the executive. It is not an executive bill. So, those claiming that we are initiating moves to give President Buhari a third term are wrong.

“We have no such plans. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) claimed on Sunday that the bill is a plan by the Senate to extend…

Source: Guardian Newspaper