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CAN TO NASS: Stop Distracting Nigerians With Hate Speech Bill

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The Christian Association of Nigeria on Thursday, asked the National Assembly to stop distracting Nigerians with the social media, hate speech bills and focus on important things.

The body also described the social media and hate speech bills as a means of gagging Nigerians

In a statement by the National Director, Legal and Public Affairs, CAN, Evang. Samuel Kwamkur in Abuja, it said,”these two bills have generated misgivings and criticisms that they have led to uncommon tension and fears among citizens.

“Having looked at all sides to the debate, CAN is calling on the National Assembly, particularly the President of the Senate and all distinguished Senators to discountenance the two bills and put off completely any contemplation to pass them into Acts of the National Assembly as sincere lovers of the nation.”

“There are adequate laws to check the excesses of individuals and organizations that were misusing the social media and propagating hate speeches.

“The Penal Code, Criminal Code, Cyber Crime Act and other legal provisions on crimes that deal with hate speeches, defamation, libel and similar offences are clear and strong enough,” it noted.

“We are concerned that Nigerians were distracted from discussing topical issues that had a direct bearing on their survival and wellbeing such as poverty, corruption, and the provision of good health facilities,” the statement read in part.

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