DECREE 4, HATE SPEECH LAW AND GOVERNMENTS’ HATE ACTIONS

Written by Egwu Nwachukwu One of the numerous actions that heralded Buhari’s ascension to the leadership of Nigeria in 1983 through a military coup was the enactment of many obnoxious decrees. The most notorious of those dictatorial laws was the infamous Decree 4 of 1984. Though the law was to protect public officers against false accusations, the events that followed later showed that Buhari had the ulterior motive of gagging the Nigerian press. Ironically, it was this law that also set the stage for the downfall of the Head of…

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