Nigeria Hate Speech Bill Untimely and Ill-advised, Says SAN

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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.

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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.

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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.

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