Warns Against Violation Of Freedom Of Expression

The President, Women Arise for Change Initiative, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, has said the hate speech bill before the Senate is an attempt to silence ordinary Nigerians and kill dissent in the society.

In a chat with The Guardian, Odumakin said: “The bill is more of an attempt by a few members of the ruling elite to seek extra arbitrary power, to stifle the people further of their constitutionally guaranteed freedom of expression, speech and right.

“Looking critically at the intent and purpose of this bill, you will realise that it is being targeted at the ordinary people and certain opposition elements in the country. Also instructive is the fact that there have been several laws in the country that cover offenses, which this new bill seeks purportedly to address. Therefore, it should be rejected by all Nigerians.”

She said death penalty for hate speech is not only heavy but also irrational, coming at a time countries of the world are abolishing capital punishment.

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