Hate Speech Bill: Governors Oppose Death Penalty

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The Nigerian Governors’ Forum has opposed death penalty for hate speech and asked the National Assembly to conduct a public hearing on the proposed bill to aggregate the views of citizens.

NGF Vice Chairman and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, gave the advice while fielding questions from journalists at the end of the forum’s meeting held on Wednesday night in Abuja.

“I am not sure I have heard any governor come out to say he is in support of death penalty for hate speech,” he said.

“I believe the National Assembly should hold a public hearing on that bill, so that due process of lawmaking is followed, so that the views of Nigerians not just the governors will be well captured on that bill.

“They should respect the views of Nigerians in whatever maybe the direction of debate and the eventual passage or otherwise of that bill,” Mr Tambuwal said.

On the threat by the Nigerian Labour Congress to embark on strike if any governor refused to implement the new N30,000 minimum wage, the Sokoto State governor said, “Various state governments have been engaging with their branches of NLC. I am sure it is work in progress. 

“Before December, all the states must have finished working out the details on the issue of minimum wage across the federation.”

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