Following the massive rejection that greeted the proposed Hate Speech Bill, the Nigerian Senate has thrown out the bill, noting that itwill not pass any bills rejected by the people.
The Senate President Ahmed Lawan disclosed this in a written response to a detailed protest letter the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA sent to the 9th Senate, opposing the bill. Lawan noted that the legislators will listen to the pulse of the Nigerians who have rejected the bill and will do exactly as they had demanded.
His letter “RE: WHY NATIONAL ASSEMBLY’S BILLS AGAINST FREE SPEECH ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL: BY HURIWA, endorsed by his Chief of Staff Alhaji Babagana M. Ajiwas was dated 20th November 20th was received on December 4th 2019. It assured the group that the hate speech bill will not be passed, as demanded.
It reads, “I write to present the compliments of the President of the Senate, His Excellency, Sen. Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, Ph.D., CON and to acknowledge receipt of your letter on the above subject wherein you asked the National Assembly to suspend ad infinitum the current attempts at introducing obnoxious legislation to curb access to the social media. Read also: Social Media Bill: You Cannot Gag Nigerians – CAN Tells Senate His Excellency is appreciative of your concern towards upholding our constitution and your members’ continuous use of their talents as writers to promote, protect and project the human rights of all Nigerians. His Excellency assures you that the Senate will not pass any anti-people laws. While thanking you, please accept the assurances of the President of the Senate.“Photos Credit: Getty