The former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode on Monday said that he will only give his support to the much-criticized Hate Speech bill if certain people in government are punished for their hateful words over the years.
Fani-Kayode stated this on his Twitter handle on Monday.
The Former Minister identified names like Bola Tinubu who is a former governor of Lagos state and a leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Governor El-Rufai of Kaduna state, the current minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi was also included in the list.
Fani-Kayode said “I will support the Hate Speech Bill if its provisions are made retroactive & if its first victims are Buhari, Bola Tinubu, Lai Mohammed, Nasir El Rufai, Festus Keyamo & Rotimi Amaechi. Promise to hang them first for their hateful words over the years & the Bill gets my support”
Many Nigerians have kicked against the bill, describing the bill as ‘ Threat to their fundamental rights’.
Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, the sponsor of the bill, on his own side, said that opponents of the bill are ignorant of the dangers that loom if the bill is not passed into law, he said they are only pretending to ‘protect freedom of speech’.