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Apostle Johnson Suleman. Photo source: Facebook

Apostle Johnson Suleman of the Omega Fire Ministry (OFM) has knocked the Federal Government over plans to fine news platforms N5m for hate speech.

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had on Thursday in Abuja revealed this while inaugurating the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Reform Implementation Committee.

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According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the hike in fines from N500,000 to N5 million for breaches relating to hate speeches, inciting comments and indecency.

Reacting to this development, Apostle Suleman noted that it was a deliberate plan by the Nigerian government to silence people.

According to him, what the Buhari government should tackle is fake news as such will bring sanity to the media in the country.

In a tweet on his handle, Friday,  Apostle Suleman said that he “Just read about N5m fine for hate speech…there is a thin line between freedom of speech/hate speech…this is a deliberate attempt to silence people…we could backdate its implementation to 2014.”

He noted that “What should be addressed is fake news..lies been peddled.unverified stories…that way, there will be media-sanity…but with this, every voiced opinion that appears confrontational to govt will be tagged ‘hate speech’…leaders, always remember you won’t be in power forever.”