Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal has advised the National Assembly to conduct public hearing on the controversial hate speech bill which prescribes death penalty for the offenders.
The governor, who doubles as Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), said that no governor has come out openly to support the death penalty as punishment for defaulters of the hate speech bill.
Tambuwal, who spoke to news men last night, November 20 at the end of the NGE’s meeting in Abuja, insisted that the public hearing would aggregate the the views of Nigerians.
“I’m not sure I have heard any governor come out to say he is in support of the death penalty for hate speech.
“I believe that the National Assembly should hold a public hearing on that bill, so that due process of lawmaking is followed.
“This is so that the views of Nigerians, not just the governors, will be well captured on that bill and they (National Assembly) should respect the views of Nigerians in whatever may be the direction of debate and the eventual passage or otherwise of that bill. ”