Disapproval for the Social Media and the Hate Speech bills being deliberated by the 9th Nigerian Senate continue to pour in from all parts of the populace.
Punch reports that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has kicked against the two bills. They are ploys to gag Nigerians, CAN said.
This was stated in a stated in a statement released by the National Director, Legal and Public Affairs, CAN, Samuel Kwamkur, on behalf of its president, Samson Ayokunle.
These two bills have generated misgivings and criticisms that they have led to uncommon tension and fears among citizens.
Having looked at all sides to the debate, CAN is calling on the National Assembly, particularly the President of the Senate and all distinguished Senators to discountenance the two bills and put off completely any contemplation to pass them into Acts of the National Assembly as sincere lovers of the nation.
The Penal Code, Criminal Code, Cyber Crime Act and other legal provisions on crimes that deal with hate speeches, defamation, libel and similar offences are clear and strong enough
In this wise, we desire that governments at all levels and indeed members of the National Assembly pay greater attention to the issues of insecurity, economic hardship, poverty, bad roads, poor education and the dearth of infrastructure.