Cleric Cautions Govt On ‘Hate Speech Bill’, Urges Makinde To Conduct LG Elections


The Chief Imam, Farademi central Mosque, Akobo, Alhaji Abdul Jeleel Ibidapo has cautioned the federal government not to sign the ‘Hate Speech Bill’ into law perhaps it eventually passed the 3rd reading in the National Assembly.

Imam Ididapo, who gave the warning today during his Jumat sermon, said such bill will do no good to the people of Nigerian, other than preventing them from expressing their feelings on government decisions and policies against the populace.

The Cleric aslo bemoaned government plans to turn the country to a despotic state, where no one dares questions the authority on its activities of governance.

He urged the current crop of political leaders at all levels to be thoughtful of life after the expiration of their time in office, advising them to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors and adjust where necessary before it was too late.

According to him, citizens’ right to expression should not be tampered with, all in the name of selfish interest of preventing the people from reacting to negative actions of the government.

Imam Ibidapo, who condemned an attack on the vehicles of the Oyo state commissioner for Lands and Housing, Barrister Abiodun Abdul Raheem on Wednesday’s evening, commiserated with the families of his driver, who lost his life during the unfortunate incident.

He however called on the state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde to as a matter of urgency, conduct local government elections, to enableĀ  people at the grassroot enjoy dividends of democracy without further delay.


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