Fani-Kayode reacts to proposed Bill of death penalty for hate speech

Femi Fani-Kayode, who has been the major voice of opposition and diehard critic of President Muhammadu Buhari's led administration since inception has reacted to the proposed Bill at the National Assembly (Senate) that makes provision for death penalty to whosoever found guilty of hate speech.

The Bill that brought this uproar reads that any person found guilty of any form of hate speech that results in the death of another person shall die by hanging upon conviction. The bill, which reflects the growing concern over the spate of violence in the nation, was sponsored by the spokesman of the upper chamber, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger).

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The Bill also seeks the establishment of an ‘Independent National Commission for Hate Speeches’, which shall enforce hate speech laws across the country, ensure the elimination of the menace and advise the Federal Government. For offences such as harassment on the grounds of ethnicity or racial contempt, a culprit shall be sentenced to “not less than a 5-year jail term or a fine of not less than N10 million or both.”

The bill notes: “A person who uses, publishes, presents, produces, plays, provides, distributes and/or directs the performance of any material, written and/or visual, which is threatening, abusive or insulting or involves the use of threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, commits an offence, if such person intends thereby to stir up ethnic hatred, or having regard to all the circumstances, ethnic hatred is likely to be stirred up against any person or person from such an ethnic group in Nigeria.”

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Femi Fani-Kayode in his swift reaction on his twitter handle condemned the motive behind such a Bill, and tagged it as a Bill probably initiated by President Muhammadu Buhari himself. Read what he wrote below.