By Onyirioha Nnamdi – 19.11.2019
– Femi Falana (SAN) has reacted to the hate speech bill proposed by the deputy whip of the Nigerian Senate, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi – Falana said that the bill should be used for corrupt politicians in the country
– The human rights lawyer also maintained that the bill will be challenged at the Federal High Court if it is passed by the legislature and approved by the presidency Femi Falana (SAN) has said that the death penalty should be the punishment meted to corrupt politicians in Nigeria.
The outspoken human rights lawyer was reacting to the hate speech bill deliberated upon by federal lawmakers at the floor of the Senate.
Falana added that the National Assembly has no right to pass such into law because it has no place in the country’s constitution.
He called on the NASS to resist every move to suppress the freedom of speech which is back by the provisions of the constitution.
The SAN urged the NASS not to be intolerant of criticism but to rely on the laid down laws to punish those who overstep their freedom to express their feelings.
Falana said: “The decision of the founding fathers of this present constitution which guarantees freedom of speech which must include freedom to criticize should be praised and any attempt to derogate from it except as provided in the constitution must be resisted.”
The lawyer stressed that the bill will be challenged in the Federal High Court if it is passed by the legislature and approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
It was reported that the deputy whip of the Senate, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, the lawmaker had given an explanation on why he sponsored the bill.
Senator Abdullahi in a statement issued on Monday, November 18, said the anti-hate speech bill presently before the National Assembly seeks to ensure justice for Nigerians who were victims of hate speech contrary to widespread speculations.