BY MIDAT JOSEPH, Kaduna
House of Representatives has said that, it is set to promulgate a law that will tackle hate speech in the country to avoid the Rwanda and Kenya experience in the country.
This was also as the lawmakers said, that National Assembly members were the worst victims of hate speeches, which are responsible for the attacks on federal lawmakers in their constituencies.
The House of Representatives Committee members on National Security and Intelligence who stated this at a retreat on Hate Speech organized for them by Centre for Information Technology and Development and Mac Arthur Foundation.
Speaking to journalists at the retreat, Chairman of the house Committee, Hon. Aminu Sani Jaji said, hate speech was capable of throwing a whole country on fire looking at the experience of Rwanda and Kenya, where hate speech on a Radio station had caused war in the country.
He however said that, while the house is waiting for the executive bill on hate speech, they are ready to promulgate law to tackle the menace in the country.
Hon. Jaji equally disclosed that, the National Assembly will strengthen the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) through law to enable it effectively checkmate hate speech on the electronic media.
Also speaking, the Member representing Zaria/Kewaye Federal Constituency, Hon. Datti Babawo said, National Assembly members are the worst victims of hate speeches, hence the need for them to stamp out the menace.
According to Babawo, many federal legislators have been attacked at their constituencies as result of hate speeches against them in both social media and and even conventional media.
“Just this morning, I read on the social media that, a Senator in the Federal Republic of Nigeria earns N3 billion annually. Some even say a member of the National Assembly earns more than President Donald Trump of the United State of America.
“The annoying part of it is that, Civil Society Organizations spread such rumours without verifying them. So, this has caused anger among our constituents and many of our colleagues have been attacked as a result of that”, he said.
In his presentation, Resource Person and Director Centre for Information Technology and Development said, the retreat was organized to sensitize the National Assembly members to draw line between hate speech Nigerians’ right to freedom of expression.