Ahmed Lawan, the Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, said that Nigerians are the only determinants as to whether the divisive hate speech bill will pass or dumped.
The hate speech bill by Aliyu Abdullahi passed second reading at the Senate and was assigned to a committee. A fraction of the committee’s task is to carry out a public hearing on the hate speech bill.
The Senate President said; if you feel the hate speech bill should not pass, get people to attend the public hearing and make your case. He further said that the predominance of opinion of Nigerians that will decide how the hate speech bill will go.
The bill has been heavily criticized by Nigerians, who say it is meant to clamp down on free speech and silence dissenting voices.