A bill that seeks the prosecution of people who engage in hate speech is underway.
This was confirmed by the Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), at the National Secretariat of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) while fielding questions from journalists on Thursday.
The Minister revealed that a draft bill had been submitted to the Ministry of Justice.
Asked to explain the reasons why it was difficult to prosecute those perpetrating hate speech, Dambazau said, “We just submitted a draft bill to the ministry of justice on hate speech.
That draft bill will go as an executive bill, after getting to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.
That draft bill contains the laws and punishment for hate speech.
“Hate speech should not be allowed in this country, everybody is entitled to belong to the religion he believes in.
“I mean people don’t choose the tribe to be, that’s how God brought him and there is absolutely no reason for hate speech.
“So, if the national assembly passes that law, certainly anybody who is engaged in hate speech will be prosecuted in accordance with the law,” he added.