“We won’t pass hate speech bill” – Senate President, Ahmed Lawan


Following the public outcry that greeted the hate speech bill, the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan has said the Senate will not pass the proposed anti-free speech bills.  

He made the disclosure in response to a detailed written protest letter against the hate speech bill and anti-social media bill before the senate by the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA.  

He said legislators will listen to the pulse of the Nigerians who have rejected the bills and will do exactly as they demanded. 

Lawan had in his letter to HURIWA dated November 20th, 2019 which was endorsed by his Chief of Staff; Alhaji Babagana M. Aji but received on December 4th, 2019 titled: “RE: WHY NATIONAL ASSEMBLY’S BILLS AGAINST FREE SPEECH ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL: BY HURIWA,” stated as follows:

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