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Hate speech: FG to sponsor Executive Bill to punish perpetrators

From Romanus Ugwu,Abuja

The Federal Government has revealed that an Executive Bill will be sent to the National Assembly which, if passed into law, will spell out harsh punishment for perpetrators of hate speeches in the country.

Minister of Interior, Lt. General Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd) made the disclosure after appearing before the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja, to update the committee on the performance of his ministry.

Reacting to the effects of hate speeches, currently trending on the social media, the minister said the draft bill is already with the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami for onward transmission to both chambers of the National Assembly.

Asked why it has become difficult for his ministry to hunt down the perpetrators of hate speeches, he said: “What we have done now is to submit a draft bill to the Ministry of Justice on hate speech, which will go as an Executive Bill after passing through the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation.

“The draft contains the laws and punishment for hate speeches. This should not be allowed in this country. Everybody is entitled to belong to his religion and no one chose the tribe he wants to be born.

“That is how God wants the person to be and there is absolutely no reason for hate speech. If the National Assembly passes the bill, certainly, anybody who engages in hate speech will be prosecuted in accordance with the law of the country,” he said.

He equally spoke on the church killing in Ozubulu in Anambra State, insisting that the Federal Government is still awaiting comprehensive report on the issue. The minister, however, denied speculation that the killing was as a reult of war between drug barons.

“I have spoken with the governor of Anambra State and he told me that it was an issue bordering on relationship between two persons from the same village resident somewhere in South Africa. As a result, one of them arranged the violent attack.

“I have not received the detailed report of that incident. But, whether there is speculation that those two persons are involved in drug peddling and trafficking, I am still awaiting the detailed report. However, as I said, I have spoken to the governor who confirmed that it was a rift between two persons from the same village, resident in South Africa,”  he emphasised.

On his biggest achievement in the two years he has served as minister, he said: “As you know, I have five agencies under my ministry, including the Nigeria Police, Immigration, Prisons, Civil Defence and Federal Fire Services. Each of these services has a unique stand and I can tell you that we have recorded far-reaching achievements in terms of their reforms.”

“We have drawn out policies that would enable them meet their contemporary challenges. Again, we have ensured that these policies are adequately implemented. While some have been completed, others are ongoing. Therefore, I can tell you that we have done much more than what we met.”

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  1. Dr. Uche Kalu 11th August 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Is the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General, Mallam Abubakar Malami really listening to himself at all?
    His talking about God and religion shows that he is not aware of the fact that there are millions of Atheists
    and Anagnositcs across the globe,who neither believe in God nor acknowledge the existence of a super being.
    But Atheists and Anagnostics are intelligent and peace loving people who pose no threats to humankinds.
    Mallam Abubakar Mallami did not lose a single word on the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency in the North East, nor did he make a meantion of the menance of the rampaging Fulani herdsmen and Militiias all over the country.The heinous and inhuman acts of barbarism and avagery by those Jihadist Killer Squads and Assassins
    are well documented and reported everyday in the dailies,radios and in the telies.
    Instead ,the Minister of Justice and Attorney General went out his way dabbling into Ozubulu Catholic Church massacre in Amambra,which has absolutely nothing to do with his hate speech topic.
    But in reality it is Islam,the religion of Prophet Mohammed that is our problem as a country,not hate speech.
    Oh yes! It is the anachronistic existence of the Sultanate of Sokoto as a parallel Islamic Republic with
    Sharia,within our supposedly Secular Republic that poses a serious threat to our corporate existence as
    a country.
    The Fulani muslims must as a matter of urgency dismantle their Sultanate of Sokoto,abrogate Sharia, pull our
    country from OIC,G8 and G15 memberships,and accept wholeheartedly our Secular Commonwealth Republic
    of Nigeria.
    Furthermore,this moribund failed State of ours must be retructured with power devolved to our currently
    suggested 5 Autonomous Republics,namely;(1) AREWA Republic,(2) Middle-Belt Rpublic,(3) Niger Delta Republic,(4)Oduduwa Republic ,(5)and of course a restored Republic of Biafra.Each Republic must have a 100% control of its God given natural resources.
    No to the status quo ante bellum!
    Down with Hausa/Fulani/Kanuri Islamic Hegemony!!
    All Hail Biafra,the Land of the Rising Sun!!!

  2. Ezekiel Okeke 11th August 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Language of illiterates of law and its interpretation. There is nothing call hate speech, what is going on is Political Revolution by the natives who are the owner of the land and are the government. Republic Of Biafra of the five south east states deadline with the political name Nigeria is October 1st 2017. God Is With Us!!!

  3. Ezekiel Okeke 11th August 2017 at 9:08 pm

    When the natives of south east, south south, south west, even middle belt decides, who is the said FG? Is the said FG of two northern region led by Fulani that is not natives in this territory? Republic Of Biafra obligation is African interest with Africa’s 21st century partners, there is no time to waste. Anyone who has not got the message now, will face the fire of Republic Of Biafra from October 1st 2017 and got rid off in Republic Of Biafra of the five south east states. Republic Of Biafra do not have time to waste for these local champions without legacy. Republic Of Biafra have much job to do on African level with Africa’s 21st century partners for Africa’s existence securities in this 21st century world. God Is With Us!!!

  4. Emmanuel Chukwuma Umeh 12th August 2017 at 8:12 am

    The main issue remains untreated in NIGERIA today!

    Marginalization, is the worst of all corruptions in the existence of humanity!

    Unfortunately, marginalization and nepotism is the main order of the day under Buhari’s administration in today’s NIGERIA!

    Every tribe in Nigeria, including the minor tribes accross NIGERIA, have democractic fundamental human rights on equality, equity, social justices and fairness!!

    But what do we see under this Federal Executive Government?

    Serious marginalization, especially against the Igbos and some other tribes accross NIGERIA!

    Let’s face that fact very seriously!

    There is corruptions of nepotism, militerization, brutality, oppressions and social injustices in NIGERIA today under the Federal Government of NIGERIA!

    It seems they don’t want to talk about those things, they instead talk on the minor issues, which is very unfortunate!

    Is hate-speeches the main socio-political problems in today’s NIGERIA, among other things?

    The Buharan (Boko-Haran) and Fulani’s herdsmen criminality activities, are they not among the serious issues to be seriously addressed by the Federal Executive Government in NIGERIA?

    Instead of this tribal and religious sentiments they are promoting by the Federal Executive Government, why not face the reality issues squarely about NIGERIA and the needful way forward!

    The democractic realities of the referendum, as well as all-inclusive restructuring of NIGERIA on democractic equity, equality and social justices, remains unavoidable issues for this current administration!

    They have to seriously and objectively face the reality!

  5. Emmanuel Chukwuma Umeh 12th August 2017 at 8:14 am

    The main issue remains untreated in NIGERIA today!

    Marginalization, is the worst of all corruptions in the existence of humanity!

    Unfortunately, marginalization and nepotism is the main order of the day under Buhari’s administration in today’s NIGERIA!

    This is unaviodably necessary!

    Every tribe in Nigeria, including the minor tribes accross NIGERIA, have democractic fundamental human rights on equality, equity, social justices and fairness!!

    But what do we see under this Federal Executive Government?

    Serious marginalization, especially against the Igbos and some other tribes accross NIGERIA!

    Let’s face that fact very seriously!

    There is corruptions of nepotism, militerization, brutality, oppressions and social injustices in NIGERIA today under the Federal Government of NIGERIA!

    It seems they don’t want to talk about those things, they instead talk on the minor issues, which is very unfortunate!

    Is hate-speeches the main socio-political problems in today’s NIGERIA, among other things?

    The Buharan (Boko-Haran) and Fulani’s herdsmen criminality activities, are they not among the serious issues to be seriously addressed by the Federal Executive Government in NIGERIA?

    Instead of this tribal and religious sentiments they are promoting by the Federal Executive Government, why not face the reality issues squarely about NIGERIA and the needful way forward!

    The democractic realities of the referendum, as well as all-inclusive restructuring of NIGERIA on democractic equity, equality and social justices, remains unavoidable issues for this current administration!

    They have to seriously and objectively face the reality!

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