Emerging reports have claimed that Aliyu Abdullahi, sponsor of the hate speech bill, has disclosed that the death penalty aspect would be amended in line with the wish of Nigerians.
The Herald gathered that Abdullahi made this known in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, November 24.
He maintained that the bill will undergo some fine-tuning to ensure that the clauses contained in its provisions to be passed into law reflect the views of Nigerians.
According to him, the senate will accept contributions and input by critics and supporters of the bill, saying such will go a long way towards giving Nigerians the law to address the disturbing trend of hate speech.
Meanwhile, The Herald gathered that the Senate explained that the bill seeking prohibition of hate speech bill has nothing to do with the alleged third term agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Senate’s spokesman, Godiya Akwashiki, who made this known on Monday, November 18, said Peoples Democratic Party had alleged that the anti-hate speech bill was a collaboration between the Senate and Buhari to achieve a third term agenda.
According to him, “The anti-hate speech bill has nothing to do with any hidden agenda from the executive and the Senate will apply all its legislative mechanism on it in deciding its usefulness for Nigerians or not.”
The sponsor of the bill, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, said he reintroduced the bill because hate speech was posing a threat to the country’s corporate existence.
“Many people have turned me into a monster, but I’m not moved,” he said, adding that to see the bill as a ploy to give Buhari a third term is laughable.