Proposed Nigerian Hate Speech Bill Opposed by Catholic Hierarchy

Vatican News and Vatican Radio have carried an interview with Fr Patrick Alumuku, Director of Communications for the Archdiocese of Abuja, (19 December 2019) criticizing a proposed Hate Speech Bill which includes the death penalty as “unacceptable”. 

Fr. Alukumu was forthright in his critique, branding the proposed bill as a violation of Nigerian rights. He also accused the Nigerian Government of fearing the truth and expressed concern that the Government would use the Bill to brand legitimate opposition as hate speech. 

Vatican News reported:

Fr Patrick explains that… what the government is describing as “hate speech” is actually “what they do not want to hear”. This Bill, he says, says nothing about “the need to speak the truth”. If there is something that is true, even if it does go against the government, “it cannot be described as hateful”. But, the government does not seem to want to promote the truth, he says. “Let the truth be told!”

You may read the Vatican News article and listen to an interview with Fr. Patrick Alumuku by clicking here.