- Slams Senator for peddling fake news
BY CHINYERE OBIORA, LAGOS – Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has disowned the Hate Speech Bill currently before the National Assembly (NASS) for consideration.
In distancing himself from Sponsors of the Bill, Alhaji Mohammed said the allegation of being the brain behind the Bill is not only spurious but concocted falsehood in its entirety.
Speaking to newsmen in Lagos on Monday, the Minister described the allegation against him by Senator Francis Fadahunsi, representing Osun East Senatorial District, as “fake news”.
Alhaji Mohammed said; “You must have read the fake news attributed to Sen. Fadahunsi that I am behind the hate speech bill at the National Assembly, and that the senator who is sponsoring the bill is fronting for me
“This is a typical example of the fake news we are trying to fight. I am not the sponsor of the hate speech bill at the National Assembly. However, I remain committed to sanitising the social media.
According to the Minister; “I have said that all stakeholders will be involved in determining the modalities for regulating the social media”.
Senator Fadahunsi had claimed that Alhaji Mohammed was the author and sponsor of “the bill aimed at crippling quality and vibrant journalism” in the country.
The Osun State lawmaker made the allegation in a chat with Journalists in Oshogbo, the state capital.
The Hate Speech Bill, under consideration by the National Assembly, is being sponsored by Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi.
The Niger State-born lawmaker insists passage of the controversial Bill will effectively address all issues of discrimination associated with religious and ethnic persecution in Nigeria. – With additional NAN reports