Hate Speech/Social media bill: Keyamo blasts social media influencers, states what he thinks

The Minister of State for Labour, Festus Kayamo has spoken on the controversy surrounding hate speech and social media bills in Nigeria.

While, reacting to the outcry and protest, Kayamo, condemned the death sentence penalty for hate speech bill.

He, however, urged those opposing social media bill to also apologize to those they blocked on their social media pages.

Kayamo wrote on his Twitter page, saying: “Those so-called overnight Social Media ‘activists’ who oppose the Social Media Bill should first stop blocking those who irritate them with insults, unblock all those they have blocked and apologize to them. You can’t be intolerant and ask others to be. Practice what you preach.

“Some cannot differentiate the Social Media Bill from the Hate Speech Bill. Whilst no reasonable person will support death sentence for hate speech, you can’t come online to say something totally untrue that can put other lives in danger without some kind of penal consequence.”

It was gathered that a group of Nigerians on Wednesday protested at the National Assembly over the Hate Speech Bill.


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