The 36 state governors under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) have said they are not in support of the proposed death penalty inscribed in the Hate Speech Bill before the Senate.
The group’s position was made known by Aminu Tambuwal, Vice Chairman of the NGF and Governor of Sokoto State, while fielding questions from journalists at the end of its meeting in Abuja on Tuesday.
Tambuwal, who presided over the meeting, said the National Assembly should conduct a public hearing on the bill to accumulate the views of Nigerians concerning the proposed regulations.
He said: “I’m not sure I have heard any governor come out to say he is in support of the death penalty for hate speech.
“I believe that the National Assembly should hold a public hearing on that bill, so that due process of lawmaking is followed.
“This is so that the views of Nigerians, not just the governors, will be well captured on that bill and they (National Assembly) should respect the views of Nigerians in whatever may be the direction of debate and the eventual passage or otherwise of that bill.”
Governor Tambuwal also disclosed that the state governors are ready to conclude negotiations with the state chapters of organised labour regarding the implementation of the new minimum wage before the December 31 deadline.
“Various state governments have been engaging with their branches of the Nigeria Labour Congress, I’m sure it is a work in progress.
“Before December, all the states must have finished working out the details on the issue of the minimum wage across the federation.
“We are very much committed to the welfare and well-being of our workforce and therefore, we shall continue to ensure that we do our best on what needs to be done,” Tambuwal said.