Aliyu Abdullahi, has said those, who oppose the bill, are merely
pretending and ignoring the danger to come if the bill was not passed.
On November 27, Nigerians staged peaceful protest nationwide against the
bill, which they said violates their fundamental human rights to free
In a statement on Sunday, Abdullahi, who is the sponsor of the bill,
said its opponents were only pretending to protect freedom of speech.
He said, “Both Christians and Muslims have said that the media blatantly
expresses bias against their religion and that journalists will
deliberately not report their story or perspective.
“Outside the immediate communities affected by a specific incident, the
general public’s understanding of violent events is often incomplete.
“In some cases, false news about attacks have incited the people to
undertake revenge attacks in various parts of the country.”