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|“Unless people can express themselves, those in government or authority will
not know what is happening in the country,” Former Military Head of State, Gen.
Ibrahim Babangida, has said.
Reacting for the first time since the draconian Hate Speech Bill debate engulfed the
Receiving in audience at his Minna Uphill residence the National President,
“I am surprised that this bill has resurfaced. There is no basis for this
“If we make mistakes people can be cautioned. If somebody goes off you have the
The former military ruler said punishing hate speech with death by hanging was
“If somebody makes hate speech, put him in the gallows and not shoot
“It could have happened, maybe some 300 years ago, but not now.’’
To put a halt to the anti-people bill, Babangida promised to join forces with the
He assured: “I am with you on this. I will also talk to those of us who could be in a
“If we had their type of media, I think they should be jailing you all by now.
But today, the country is better for it.’’