The Chairman, Criminal Justice and Law Reform and Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Arthur Obi-Okafor (SAN), stated, yesterday, that the official bill looking to criminalize abhor discourse, pending before the National Assembly, was less than ideal and misguided.
Obi-Okafor expressed this while introducing a keynote address at a one-day symposium on Freedom of Expression As A Constitutional Right And The Challenge Of Hate Speech In Nigeria, sorted out by the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Legal Aid Scheme in Katsina.
He said the bill was less than ideal in light of the fact that the decision period was around the bend, as individuals can without much of a stretch considering it to be an approach to stifler and gag them.
Obi-Okafor approached the Federal Government to rather concentrate on contriving powerful methods for using existing enactment to bring people that occupied with abhor discourse to book.
Prior, the Chairman, NBA, Katsina Local Government, Abubakar Saulawa, portrayed the symposium as auspicious, especially at once the country was confronting a troublesome walk to nationhood.