Simi Reacts To Keyamo’s Views On Hate Speech Bill

Hate Speech Bill: Simi Reacts To Keyamo’s Views

Nigerian songstress, Simi has taken to her Twitter handle to questioned the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN) over his remarks on the Social Media Bill.

National Sportslink understands that the proposed bill has caused outrages by Nigerians since it was introduced by the parliament. Nigerians have been reacting angrily to a draft bill been discussed in the Senate which proposes a framework and system of regulation, control, and conduct; the use of the internet and various social platforms in the transmission of information in Nigeria.

The bill which scaled second reading during plenary in the Senate, on Wednesday, was sponsored by Senator Mohammed Sani Musa from Kaduna State and the bill seeks to prevent the spread of falsehood and manipulation using social media platforms.

Social media users on the microblogging platform, Twitter have been using #SayNoToSocialMediaBill to campaign against the proposal.

Keyamo, on his Twitter handle, said “The real agitation should be for Parliament, in line with S.36(12) of the 1999 Constitution, to clearly define the TYPES of false & insensitive posts that would attract penal consequences, so that govt doesn’t abuse it. But to leave everyone to just post ANYTHING is unacceptable”

Questioning Keyamo’s view, Simi said such a bill is unnecessary, adding that there are many other issues that need to be tackled in the country.

She said “In a democracy sir, it should NOT be the law for people to be ‘sensitive’ when they talk about the people they voted for. How many false posts about the government actually circulate that warrants a bill like this? We have way more pressing issues in Nigeria and even YOU know it!”

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