While the Hate Speech law by the APC government seemed to be a tool for distraction in the senate and house of Assembly, the controversial bill has exposed the real intent of the APC government to the failed contraction called Nigeria.
Expectedly, the bill has stimulated discourse in many quarters, with some Nigeria’s, ever suspicious of the Nigerian legislators, wondering whose interest Abdulahi was actually trying to protect with the Bill.
And for this category of Nigerians, they would like Sen. Abdulahi to look inward and at the policies of the APC led Federal Government, which most have alleged rode on the back of hate speech to power, and which they term as founder and inventor of hate speeches in present day Nigeria.
Hate speech, they further claim, was also boosted by President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement at an international forum where he said it will not be possible to treat those who gave him “97 per cent vote” same way as those that gave him “five per cent.”
And as if to confirm the above statement made at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington DC couple of months after he was sworn in as president, appointments into key positions and handling of other national issues in the Buhari government, have been glaringly lopsided.
That apart, the way and manner the Federal Government treated agitations by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) when compared to what obtains in the ongoing deadly attacks by Fulani herdsmen in the country easily defines bias.
When it comes to the war against corruption, a senator and actually a member of the president’s All Progressives Congress (APC) party, Shehu Sani, satirically describes the president’s apparent predisposition, saying when members of the president’s circle are involved, the case is treated with some nice smelling perfume but when opposition members are involved, government deploys the use of insecticide.
Little wonder therefore that any criticism of this administration’ inadequacies, or actions and inactions are usually labeled as hate speech, which largely goes to explain why the proposed Bill has been hugely condemned.