No governor has declared support for hate speech bill – Nigerian Governors Forum

Governor Kayode Fayemi and Governor Aminu Tambuwal, the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum respectively

The Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Governor Aminu Tambuwal, on Wednesday revealed that governors are not in support of proposed death penalty for hate speech.

“I’m not sure I have heard any governor come out to say he is in support of the death penalty for hate speech,” Tambuwal said while addressing journalists after the NGF seventh meeting in Abuja.

Tambuwal who presided over the meeting in the absence of Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State urged the National Assembly to conduct a public hearing on the bill.

“I believe that the National Assembly should hold a public hearing on that bill, so that due process of lawmaking is followed.

“This is so that the views of Nigerians, not just the governors, will be well captured on that bill and they (referring to the National Assembly) should respect the views of Nigerians in whatever may be the direction of debate and the eventual passage or otherwise of that bill.”

Speaking regarding the implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage, Tambuwal noted that state governors were ready to conclude negotiations with labour unions before the December 31 deadline.

“Various state governments have been engaging with their branches of the Nigeria Labour Congress, I’m sure it is a work in progress.

“Before December, all the states must have finished working out the details on the issue of the minimum wage across the federation.

“We are very much committed to the welfare and well-being of our workforce and therefore, we shall continue to ensure that we do our best on what needs to be done.”

Senator Sabi Abdullahi had proposed the ‘National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speech Bill’ which prescribed death penalty as the maximum punishment for certain offences.

Other offenders like the instigation of ethnic hatred are liable to 10 year jail term or a N10million fine.

The proposed bill has been so far greeted with vehement condemnation by Nigerians including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

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