Hate Speech: U.S official meets Bill sponsor Abdullahi

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A POLITICAL Officer in the Embassy of the United States of America (U.S.A.), Jerry Howard, yesterday met with Senate Deputy Chief Whip and sponsor of the controversial Hate Speech Bill, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi.

Howard expressed satisfaction with the research the senator did on the Bill, according to a statement from Senator’s media office.

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According to the embassy official, the visit was intended to engage Abdullahi and seek an understanding into the proposed legislation under consideration by the Senate.

Following explanations by the senator, Howard said he was better educated about the Bill, reports in the media notwithstanding.

He advised the senator  to engage and educate non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and civil society organisations (CSOs) on its proposed contents to muster support for the Bill.

Speaking on the decision of the U.S. Embassy to engage the National Assembly on the Hate Speech Bill, Howard said: “We want Nigeria to succeed and we think a prerequisite for Nigeria’s success is successful democracy.

“For democracy to succeed, the people must have a house, the people must have a place where their representatives can argue and complain, come up with new ideas and come up with solutions to guide the executive branch and lead the country forward.”

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