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Youths, Activists Protest Against Hate Speech, Anti-Social Media Bills In Ondo

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Following the move to regulate the social media space in the country, some activists in Ondo State stormed the state House of Assembly on Wednesday as they vent their anger against the bills, particularly the “Hate Speech Bill.”

While chanting solidarity songs, the activists armed with placards of various inscriptions read, “Social Media Bill Is Dead, You Cannot Silence Our Voices”; “Say No To Social Bill”; You Cannot Gag Us, Our Freedom Of Speech Is Sacrosanct”; “Abduction And Illegal Detention Is Hatred”; In Buhari’s Nigeria, Rule Of Law Is Now In The Waste Bin.”

They emphasized that the bills if not rejected will turn Nigeria into totalitarianism under President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.

It will be recalled that the Senate Deputy Chief Whip, Sabi Abdullahi had introduced the hate speech bill on the floor of the Senate on November 12 for the establishment of the National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speech.

According to the bill, anybody who commits an offence deemed as hate speech, shall be liable to life imprisonment and where the act causes any loss of life, the person shall also be punished with death by hanging.

According to Folasade Bamigboye, one of the demonstrators said both the hate and social media bills that are currently being debated at the Senate were anti-people and an infringement on the rights of Nigerians to freedom of speech.

“We are here as concern Nigerians to say no to the hate speech bill and social media bill which is before the senate because if the bill is passed into law, it would be a total infringement on our right to talk.

“Every citizen has the freedom of speech and taking that away is like a slap on our faces as Nigerians, so when our freedom to speak is taking away then we have been made to be less human.

“There are existing laws taking care of offenders as it relates to all these hate speeches. So, People should be free to air their views,” she said.

Also, Oluwagbenga Ajongbolo, a member of the #TakeItBackMovement, said the government was afraid of the power of social media to hold them accountable hence the reason for the clampdown on the digital space.

“It is unfortunate that we have less than five hundred persons trying to shut us out of the social media and trying to make life unbearable for us because we are demanding good governance and accountability in government.

“We know that the plan for this hate speech and social media bills was orchestrated to attack many of us who are using social media to put the government on their toes by asking questions where they have failed.

“The same government that is planning to shut us down with the hate speech bill has refused to release the publisher of the Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, and Olawale Bakare just because they called for a peaceful protest, now they want to have their way with the hate speech bill.

“And my annoyance is that those in government today were once the purveyors of fake news and hate speech. You could remember how they threatened Nigerians that they would form a parallel government if they did not win elections in 2015 but we won’t allow them to overpower our voices.”

While condemning the lawmakers supporting the two bills, Oluwaseun Ogunmola, an Ondo-based social advocate explained that social media has remained the only viable opposition where the people can easily express their minds over any government malfeasances.

According to him, Nigerians would resist every attempt to silence the dissenting voices arguing the bills was another means to gag the mainstream media from reporting and exposing government corruption.

“Those sponsoring these bills already knew that the social media is now the only viable opposition where the masses can vent their grievances and call those in position of powers to question if they fail to perform.

“So, their plan is to silence those of us who had always give them that sleepless night on the social media because they knew they did not get to such position on the people’s will and instead of than to perform well, and infrastructure the keep wasting our funds on parties and frivolities.

“And just like we are saying that the bill is dead on arrival, we are calling on the legislators to withdrawal the bills as it is a means to clamp down,” he said.

Other activists who joined the protest to raise their voices against the bills at the Senate House included Gbenga Adene, Abiodun Oyekan, and Omoduni Olamide as they also called for the release of Messrs Omoyele Sowore, Olawale Bakare and Agba Jalingo from custody.

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Nigeria Needs Factories The Size Of Ibadan NOT Churches – DaddyFreeze Replies Pastor Adeboye

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OAP, DaddyFreeze has countered 77-year-old General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, who during the week, said one of the things he must do before he dies is to build a church as big as Ibadan city in Oyo state.

Preaching on the third day of the Holy Ghost Congress 2019 holding at the Redemption Campground, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Pastor Adeboye said he has a plan of building a church as big as Ibadan. According to him, no one should believe he is dead until that is done. 

Freeze has now countered his dream. In a post shared on his IG page this evening, Freeze said what Nigeria needs more of now are factories and not more church edifice as she already has enough of that. Read his post and share your thoughts.

GOD DOES NOT LIVE IN HOUSES BUILT BY HUMAN HANDS!!!

This in my opinion, is a selfish ambition (scripturally selfish ambitions are in the same category as witchcraft and sexual orgies), that does nothing for Christians, rather I see it as a quest to turn believers into beasts of burden!

? Galatians 5:20 ?
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idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions

The more I think about it, the angrier I get. Adeboye wants to use 3,080 square kilometers to build a church or a bigger business center, which one???
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In this poverty riddled land, with more people in extreme poverty than China and India combined (according to worldpoverty.io), couldn’t he at least have been a little more creative????

We need factories the size of Ibadan NOT churches, we have way too many churches already.
With 10 churches on each street, we have so much religion, so much hunger and underdevelopment yet so little love.?

WE ARE THE CHURCH, NOT A BUILDING, the church is not the ‘house of God’, it’s just a building and God does not live in temples built with human hands.

? Acts 7:48 ?
New Living Translation
However, the Most High doesn’t live in temples made by human hands. As the prophet says,

? Acts 17:24 ?
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“He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples,

? 2 Corinthians 5:1 ?
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For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.

? Hebrews 9:11 ?
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So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world.

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Impeachment: Trump Has High Chance In Office – US Senate Leadership

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The US Senate leadership has stated that US president won’t be removed from office, as a result of ‘the weak case’ presented by the Democrat controlled US House Of Representatives.

The House Judiciary committee led by Democrat Jerry Nadler voted along party lines on Friday to submit two articles of impeachment against Trump and the US leader could be impeached as early as Wednesday next week.

Trump’s impeachment by the US House is as a result of a July phone call he made with Ukraine’s president Zelensky asking for investigation of his political rival Joe Biden in return for military aid.

The House could impeach Trump next week but the Senate led by Republican Mitch McConnell says the Democrats have no case and he will be working with the White House lawyers and the president to ensure a quick and smooth trial in the senate.

“The case is so darn weak coming over from the House. We all know how it’s going to end,” Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said on Fox News program “Hannity.” on Saturday.

“There is no chance the president is going to be removed from office.”

McConnell also said he hoped that none of the members of his caucus would vote to remove the president from office, adding “it wouldn’t surprise me if we got one or two Democrats” to vote to acquit Trump .

He explained that the articles of impeachment would be different from ordinary legislation that makes its way from the House, in that: “We have no choice but to take it up. But we’ll be working through this process hopefully in a fairly short period of time, in total coordination with the White House counsel’s office and the people who are representing the president, in the way all of the Senate.”

Mitch declined to reveal what a Senate trial might look like or whether Republicans would call witnesses such as former Vice President Joe Biden, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., or the intelligence community whistleblower, whose complaint about Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky sparked the impeachment inquiry.

“I’m going to take my cues from the president’s lawyers,” said McConnell.

“My hope is that it will be a shorter process rather than a long, lengthy process.”

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Customs Asked Me To Pay N120k For A N70k Clothing I Ordered Online – Johnny Drille

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Mavin’s act, Johnny Drille has narrated how Nigeria customs asked him to pay N120k for a N70k clothing he had ordered online for his shows this weekend. 

The singer disclosed that he had to get another stylist for his show even though the clothes he had ordered arrived the country on December 2.

Johnny Drille added that in every situation people find themselves in Nigeria, there is always someone trying to profit from it.

Customs asked me to pay N120k for a N70k clothing I ordered online - Johnny Drille

 

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