Hate Speech Bill: Bishop Oke Says The Proposed Law Meant To Silent The Opposition and Halt Freedom of Speech

By Babs-Oluribigbe Adeoye

The Presiding Bishop, Sword of the Spirit Ministries, Bishop Wale Oke, has described the controversial hate speech bill currently receiving attention at the national assembly as a great error.

Oke said this during a service to mark the annual press week of the National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) in Ibadan, Oyo state capital on Sunday.

According to the cleric, such a law with the death penalty as punishment, was an attempt by the government to silence the opposition and halt freedom of expression, adding that “Nigeria does not need such a draconian law”

Meanwhile the cleric has called for prayers over the ongoing legal tussle on the last governorship election in Oyo State.

Westernlifenews had reported that the Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan, on November 11, 2019 had set aside the tribunal judgement, which upheld the victory of Governor Seyi Makinde at March governorship poll.

The Election Petition Tribunal in Oyo State, in May this year dismissed application filed by Adebayo Adelabu, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress asking to recount votes in the March 9 election.

The judgement of the Court of Appeal had however left many confused, with both sides claiming victory.

Reacting to the judgement, the revered cleric hinted that God revealed to him that there were sinister moves and plans to cause chaos in the state over the Appeal Court judgment.

According to him, “The recent judgment of the Court of Appeal on the last governorship election is neither here nor there. Even the lawyers are complaining, as both parties have been claiming victory at the court.

“The forces are only waiting for something sinister to happen at the Supreme Court. So God said we should pray for peace in the state.

“I am not for PDP and neither am I for APC. But I am for God and good governance in the state. I have told Gov. Seyi Makinde that if he fails to do what is right for the people, we will pray him out as we did for others.

“I have told him that what I need from him is good governance and he is trying his best. I have assured him that I will hold him by his collar to make sure he delivers to the people of Oyo state”.

The cleric added God commanded him and the church to organise a three-hour fervent prayer for the state on Nov. 30, saying the prayer is for the peace and progress of Oyo state.

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