The sponsor of the hate speech bill, Senator Sabi Abdullahi has argued that Nigeria needs the bill at its current stage of development.
The Deputy Chief Whip made this known during an Interview with Punch and added that he had strong reasons for coming up with the bill.
“I will not drop the bill. In the first instance, I sponsored this bill of my own volition. Nobody asked me to do so. I did all the research and I have my strong reasons for coming up with this.
“There is a stage in our development as a country that we have reached where we have to have caution. I’m not doing this out of ignorance. We need this law at this stage of our development.
“The bill on its own did not create any outrage. The bill is suffering from hate speech already because people have misinterpreted it. Simply because you read ‘death by hanging’ without reading the context, you have started making comments. Is it possible to just hang a human being?” he asked.