Senate washes hands off Hate Speech Bill, amid controversies

Written by on November 18, 2019

Following controversies that have greeted the Hate Speech Bill which passed first reading last week, Senate has distanced itself from the proposed legislation.

Acting spokesperson for the red chamber, Senator Godiya Akwashiki, who declared the lawmakers’ stance in Abuja, said contrary to widespread impression, the bill was not the idea of the ninth Senate.

Akwashiki said the bill was solely sponsored by the Deputy Chief Whip, Sabi Abdullahi, based on his conviction.

He described as unfortunate, the statement which insinuated that the bill was a Senate bill, skewed to make the alleged third term ambition of President Muhammadu Buhari possible, and maintained that the fate of the bill would be determined on the floor of the Senate after a robust debate by senators.

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