The Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo, has revealed his position on the controversial hate speech and social media bills.
Recall that Naija News had reported that some concerned Nigerians last Wednesday protested at the National Assembly over the hate speech bill.
The concerned Nigerians requested for the withdrawal of the bills and the immediate release of the convener of the Revolution Now movement, Omoyele Sowore.
Keyamo while reacting to the protest condemned the death sentence penalty for hate speech bill.
He, however, charged individuals opposing the social media bill to apologize to people they blocked on their social media platforms.
The minister on his Twitter account wrote, “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”