The Archbishop of the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria (LCCN), Dr Panti Filibus, has urged the National Assembly, to approach the Hate Speech Bill with caution saying that it is a recipe for anarchy.
Filibus urged the lawmakers took at the matter within the purview of freedom of information and speech, as provided in the constitution.
He condemned any form of derogatory remark against any person or group of persons on the basis of religion, tribe, or ethnicity.
He reiterated the continued concern of the church on the protection of human rights, through the universal periodic review (UPR), process.
The cleric, however, lauded signs of reduction of the rate of violent attacks, killings and destruction in the country.
“Govt should investigate, make public all her findings and punish the perpetrators of violence, killing on the basis of politics and election,” he said.
The clergy said the proposed plan for the building of Lutheran University has reached advanced level and urged for collective support from members.
The university when operational according to him, would provide people access to study courses not easily available or accessible in public institutions.
“Let me reiterate here that our prime objective is not to compete with the state, but complement what is offered,” he said.
The church for the first time he added, had developed its own Sunday School material under its five-year strategy approved in 2018.
The aim he explained is to bring children much closer to the understanding of the Christian faith.