WE ALWAYS LEARN MAGAZINE has learnt from a source, WIKIPEDIA says, “Hate Speech is a speech or statement intended to demean or reduce another alleged person character. It can be an attack on a person or group of persons on his/their race, sex, origin, religion, national, ethnic, disability or sexual orientation.”
We also learnt the second bill is meant for,” The Internet Falsehood Law, which means stealing in pretense, Love they say does not delight in evil but rejoice with the truth, some people hide to do evil or crime with the intentions to help but end up hit and run, on the internet platforms, through falsehood” If the bill is finally passed they would be in trouble, when their ways are not changed.
The Hate Speech bill has passed first reading in the Senate, which was a welcome development. If possible, before it passes through all the processes, please, the Senate, Nigerians are your people, the people you are representing, you all are our good leaders, please, would you allow it to be seen and our people be properly guided on its importance before it would be finally passed into law.
With all due respect, should the two bills go through the major stakeholders; the Judiciary, Communication Practitioner; the Press, National Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress, the Clerics (the Christians and Moslems Natioal Leaders Bodies), the Traditional Ruler, etc to add one or more rules to build trust between the political classes and citizenry in Nigeria? No one would be afraid. Though, everyone especially the media are looking at the two alleged Bills as acts the government will use it to mute or mar Freedom of Expression.
When you look at the promises of the political classes since 1999, when the democratic rule in Nigeria started. No political holder had a Scored Report Card (SRC) of up to 70% of delivery of Divided of Democracy as often heard from them as they often declared and acclaimed they would do to the people they have been represented. With all due respect to the National House of Assembly, it should work out modality for the bills, they should also envisage on the things that could make Nigerians embrace it mutually, win-win outcome.
One day you might equally leave your office, so the same alleged Bill might affect you or/ and the people you are representing. Most speeches might be given to educate; inform in order for us to have Check and Balance in the democratic system which might not really meant to reduce or demean us accept the one sponsor by some bad eggs in the society. Most the political classes came into power through the same alleged means.
According to the Holy Bible, “ A woman who was caught in an adultery was pregnant, in the Jew tradition such would be given a capital punishment, which was “stone to death”, she was brought to Jesus Christ, then He was written something (like God have mercy on mankind, according to some Bible scholars) then, He quickly asked the people if any one of you has never committed sin from his/her birth should first of all raise one stone to stone her, they were all muted their mouths, the people that really wanted to kill the alleged woman, by stoning her to death left one after the other until no one is still on stand. Jesus told her go and sin no more! Looking at this lesson critically were there no man there or somewhere that has made her pregnant? You would agree with me, that Hate Speech is not that bad when it is well written or spoken should be free from words that would demean or reduce somebody’s character on print; broadcasting.
In this write, Nigerians would want to hear that due process is followed or the Hate Speech Bill should be stopped. This might also make some of elites and good manners Nigerians’ voice be put to mute.