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A Bill to Criminalise “Hate Speech” has Passed a First Reading at the Senate



A Bill to Criminalise "Hate Speech" has Passed a First Reading at the Senate | BellaNaijaThe Nigerian Senate is on a roll, sitting through, deliberating and passing bills. After the Social Media and Sexual Harassment bills a week ago, on Tuesday they sat to deliberate on a bill against Hate Speech.

The Cable reports that the bill, “National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speeches Bill 2019,” was sponsored by the Deputy Majority Whip of the Senate, Sabi Abdullahi.

There are no details yet on the contents of the bill, but an old bill sponsored but not passed in the previous assembly had described hate speech as when:

A person publishes, presents, produces, plays, provides, distributes and/or directs the performance of any material, written and/or visual, which is threatening, abusive or insulting or involves the use of threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, commits an offence if such person intends thereby to stir up ethnic hatred, or having regard to all the circumstances, ethnic hatred is likely to be stirred up against any person or persons from such an ethnic group in Nigeria.


  1. Gbenga

    November 12, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    Lol naija is getting more interesting! Plenty people go enter prison shaa


    November 17, 2019 at 12:52 am

    The unintended consequences this stupid law will create in this Country of ours will be astronomical.. This law is written to protect Nigeria treasure looters and others like them. As a Nigerian, IMy freedom of speech can not be killed by this law. Now you know. A word is enough for the wise. I’m just saying.

  3. wazobiaMp3

    December 11, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    The truth is that this bill won’t just work on Nigerians. Sha! Let us watch out and see how it goes.

  4. mikel

    March 16, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Why will they do that, this is like denying the right to free of expression and speech.

  5. jybo

    September 28, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    wow that nice really encouraging

  6. jybo

    September 28, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    wow that really nice really encouraging

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