Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, the state of Alaafin Oyo, has struck the National Assembly on its planned attempt to reintroduce the anti-hate speech law.
Speaking at the presentation of the book and the appreciation of platinum as part of the activities marking the 70th anniversary of the Nigerian Tribune, the esteemed monarch said that anyone who does not want to be criticized has no business in government.
“Gradually to an act of hate speech that is punishable by death. If I have not killed anybody, and if I give an opinion that is contrary to the law, will there be a good reason for me to be charged with the death penalty? Where are the lawyers in Nigeria, huh? Lawyers in Nigeria, where are they? Can’t they just talk up? Leader Olowu, this is where you are.
“No one speaks up. If you don’t want to be criticized, you don’t have to be in government. My friend Chief Nnamdi Azikiwe has a peculiar character, and I wish he could continue to learn about the constitutional lesson of Chief Obafemi Awolow in his reaction to Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe.
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