AGF Abubakar Malami reacts over the hate speech bill during a town hall meeting in Abuja
The Minister who was represented at the event by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Umar Gwandu, stated that the rate at which acrimony and villifying statements are being proliferated on social media is quite alarming.
The Minister made this known during a town hall meeting in Abuja tagged “Social Media and anti-Hate Speech Bills” organised by Daar Communications PLC, owners of AIT.
“The rate at which the proliferation of acrimony and vilifying statements dominate the social media space is alarming. The consequence of which will be dangerous. No society will fold its arm and allow such ominous crime to go unchecked,” he said.
The AGF, however, said the media had tried vigorously in the entrenchment of democratic governance and had been instrumental in the process of ensuring good governance through the fight against corruption and upholding the rule of law in line with Section 22 of the 1999 Constitution.
Last year, the Social Media bill and Hate Speech bill was introduced in the National Assembly but has been greeted by stiff opposition from Nigerians who believe it is a ploy to gag the media and also stop the Freedom of Speech of Nigerians.