The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Sen. Ita Enang, has stated that the Federal Government’s directive to check hate speech was well within existing laws against defamation, libel, sedition and other related matters.
In a statement through his media aide, Mr Essien Inyang, on Monday in Abuja, Enang said the directive was merely a call for proper enforcement of existing laws in order to prevent anarchy in the country.
According to the statement, Enang made this known while addressing some All Progressive Congress (APC) supporters in Uyo at the weekend.
He added that there would have been need to amend the constitution if government intended creating a new law.
“No new law has been made. The federal government was simply restating the position and content of an existing broadcast code.
“No new law, else it would have been passed by the National Assembly and assented to by the president. The law on defamation and others have been in existence’’, he said.
The statement also dismissed speculations that a cabal in the Presidency that hindered Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in the performance of his duties during the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari.
It explained that nobody prevented Osinbajo from exercising his full powers of Acting President.
“The president had vested full powers on the vice president and there was no limitation of powers,’’ it stated.
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