FG budgets N336m to fight hate speech

The sum of N336m has been budgeted by the federal government to fight hate speech and fake news which many critics say is an attempt to stiffle free speech.

This was contained in the 2021 budget proposal presented to the National Assembly by the President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday October 8.

WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the money will be used for special enlightenment campaign on government policies and programmes; testimonial series to gauge the impact of government policies on the citizenry, advocacy against fake news, hate speech, farmers-herder clashes, banditry, rape etc.

It read;

“ERGP9124023 Special enlightenment campaign on government policies and programmes; testimonial series to gauge the impact of government policies on the citizenry, advocacy against fake news, hate speech, farmers-herder clashes, banditry, rape etc. ongoing- N336,015,959.”

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