A law that would create a National Religious Harmony Commission to address religious offenses, advance religious freedom, and also to provide a legal framework for the defense of Nigerians’ fundamental human rights, has passed its second reading.
On Tuesday, September 27, the speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, and Abubakar Hassan Fulata (APC, Jigawa) offered the measure for second reading. It grants the commission the authority to look into and prosecute cases of religious victimization, harassment, and discrimination throughout Nigeria.
It would also “monitor incidents of religious extremism, including hate speech and other actions and utterances intended to incite violent passions and prosecute offenders; provide an early warning system for government and law enforcement to detect and prevent actions liable to incite religious violence and breakdown in law and order”.
The bill was passed by the House after a voice vote put forward by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila who presided over the plenary.