My Life Is In Danger, Sponsor Of Hate Speech Bill Cries Out

The sponsor of the Hate Speech Bill Senator Aliyu Abdullahi has said he has been getting death threats since it passed through the first reading.

Naijaparry understands that Senator Aliyu Abdullahi who represents Niger North and also the Chip Whip of the Senate raised the alarm on Monday in Abuja during a press conference.

According to him,“over the past ten days or so since the bill was read for the first time, I have received all kinds of messages some even including threats.

“But I am not bothered about that. In all of these, if I receive one commendation, it gladdens my heart and I did receive many commendations and one stood out and said there is so much hate in this country. We must check it.

“If you meet those who have lost their loved ones arising from religious or ethnicity, intolerance, and the like, I don’t think they will be smiling with you when you tell them hate speech is nonsense or does not exist. They have felt, seen and are living as victims of hate speech.”

He added: “I reckon in my thinking that the atmosphere was not right for even debating the subject matter because, at the end of the day, we will be missing the point. So I did not pursue it.

“On assessing the reason why I introduced the bill in the 8th senate in the first instance, I have seen that these reasons are not abated.

“If anything, they are actually assuming a life of their own. So I decided that this bill be reintroduced and it was on the 12th of this month.

“They will demonise me, I am not moved because this is the subject of life and no one buys life in the market. Nobody came with a spare.”

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