Former Minister of Aviation Femi Fani Kayode has asked that no one be surprised if the Muslim North retains the presidential seat for the next 20 years.
FFK had made this known following the relentless efforts of the Muhammadu Buhari APC led government to silence and cow all the opposition voice in the country.
He stressed that there is a possibility that if care is not taken and if all the voices of the opposition are successfully cowed and silenced, that the Muslim north may retain power for the next 20 years.
He also noted that the grand plan of the present administration is to make sure that the next 20 years is certainly for the northern Muslims as he pointed out that, 4 years is left for President Muhammadu Buhari, as much as 8 years is for a North East Muslim while another 8 years is for a North Central Muslim.
Recall that the Senate has introduced a bill that seeks to establish a Federal Government agency to check hate speech in the country.
It also prescribed death by hanging as the maximum punishment for certain categories of offenders.
The bill, sponsored by a former Senate spokesperson, who is now the Deputy Senate Whip, Sabi Abdullahi, passed first reading on the floor of the red chamber on Tuesday. It is titled, “National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speech ( Estb., etc) Bill 2019.
But a few hours after the bill passed the first reading, groups, and individuals including former Vice- President Atiku Abubakar, eminent lawyers, and civil rights organizations, warned that it was a death sentence for democracy in the country. They described the bill as draconian.
Abdullahi had sponsored a similar bill in the 8 the Senate, but it could not survive the second reading due to overwhelming opposition and criticisms from the civil society groups and the media.
A copy of the bill obtained by one of our correspondents shows that in the proposed law, offenders are either liable to 10 years jail term, payment of N 10 m fine or death by hanging.
An offender, according to the bill is, “a person who uses, publishes, presents produces, plays, provides, distributes and/ or directs the performance of any material, written and or visual.
Such material must be capable of causing a threat, abusive or insulting or involves the use of threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior.”
Femi taking to his official twitter handle @realFFK, wrote “There is a possibility that, if care is not taken & if all the voices of the opposition are successfully cowed & silenced, that the Muslim north may retain power for the next 20 years. 4 years left for Buhari, 8 years for a NE Muslim & 8 years for an NC Muslim. That is their plan”.
Written By Nwada Ugochinyere Onyechere Obinwannem News