US Sanction : Nigeria under Siege — Anti-Hate Speech Bill sponsor

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Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi

The sponsor of the Nigeria  controversial Hate Speech Bill, Senator , says Nigeria is faced with impending sanctions by the United State following her inclusion on the ‘special watchlist’ of the American over high cases of religious and ethnic persecution.

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Abdullahi, in a statement said the  recent announcement by the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, of Nigeria’s inclusion in the religion violations’ list is a sign that Nigeria is under siege.

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Abdullahi, who also doubled as the  deputy chief whip of the Senate, noted that the bill was receiving strong support from Nigerians.

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“Like I’ve always stated, only those who are against the unity of Nigeria will oppose the bill by hiding under the guise of protecting free speech.”

He also said , the  anti-hate speech law is needed to save Nigeria from ethno-religious violence “Before Nigeria is consumed by religious and ethnic violence, we must all rise to save the country from people using hate speech for personal gains,” he said.

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