Lawmakers pass law making it illegal to diss the first lady

22 Oct 2010

Lawmakers pass law making it illegal to diss the first lady
Do not diss this woman

 


Abuja - Following an emergency joint session of both legislative houses, a new law has been passed that basically makes it a criminal offence to diss the first lady.

The new law, called the Patience law, comes into effect immediately.

Official notification of the law has been sent to TV stations, newspapers and on-line news sites and web-blogs.

The law is in response to what some in government have descried as disrespectful lampooning of the person of the current first-lady by unpatriotic elements.

Speaking to journalists at the Federal house of assembly, a spokesperson for the lawmakers said:

"Some people just have no respect for their elders. They keep attacking this poor woman in an attempt to stain the character of her husband, our dear president.

But all that will end now. With this new law we have passed today, anyone who dares to insult the first-lady will face a five year jail term."

Coincidently, five years imprisonment is also the punishment in Nigeria for homosexuality.

When asked by reporters to give examples of the offensive things that have been said about the first-lady, thus necessitating the new law, the lawmaker declined to answer stating instead that:

"Even repeating them, is a crime."

He was asked if this new law will apply to all subsequent first-ladies. His response:

"Not everybody has problems with English."

- Joe Aibozaw



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jboY On 17/10/2012 23:48:04
Our fırst lady ıs sleepıng nd hvıng her nyte rest...she does nt lısten 2 fools lyke u pple jst 1 mre tın agaın nd u wıll spnd ur new year ın jaıl,some of u dnt even knw hw 2 speell ur names.our best lady ı greet u.
Emmy On 11/09/2012 11:16:17
This is jst a joke, the law makers did not sit, although a vry nice Joke, D first Lady is a public figure which must be discuss. after all we av freedom of information Bill

veramikel On 18/08/2012 12:33:49
i'm very sure this is a joke,we pay a lot of monies in school to perfect in a language dat is not our,though english is an interesting language,i feel should not be a matter of do or die bc some of d original owner cant speak it fluently.who is talking about jailing here?dat's is arrant nonsense,dey no dey fear?bomboklacks
Max On 06/04/2012 23:20:35
So ridiculous that Nigerians don't know what to do.The country is under a curse and needs deliverance.Please our leaders and legislators should know what to do with their time.
ge On 11/03/2012 00:09:40
Na una concern,I go yab am if she speak anoda rubbish.instead of dem to pass boko haram's law,dey are wasting d nations resources,tym n money by passing patience law,y nigerian leaders mumu lyk dis,HABA!!!!!!!!!
Looba On 13/02/2012 14:55:30
Some pple just don't get it
Obi On 28/12/2011 12:32:10
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syl On 26/12/2011 09:03:35
I love gudluck datzs all nd we shld respect his laws
Jaloke On 26/12/2011 01:39:00
Many did'nt know the shortcomings of 1st lady b4,but this law put her more into public now.,
Ukraine On 25/12/2011 21:21:31
I can't believe this just because of ur English people should go to jail , for what? Go and learn how to speak and stop putting useless laws in our country. . First lady my foot.
Dean afolabi On 24/12/2011 21:52:04
I wonder why somebody will have to remove subsidy on free flow humorous grammar. Nollywood stars and marketers must be allowed to debate and present papers on the effect of the unsolicited withdrawal of this subsidy in the industry.
Eddy 1 love On 24/12/2011 15:14:55
What is wrong if we have a comedian for 1st lady. You all know that Nigeria is a big planet. So we need the relief. Frankly, I find this report unbelievable. The law is laughable and should be repealed b4 everybody become WIDOWS knowing that we were all once a children. Lol
taylor On 20/12/2011 18:08:56
Nigeria pls try to do something good for our country Goodluck tell your wife to start from nursery school ok will need better for Nigeria . from Asia
haly On 20/12/2011 05:56:30
dis is de most stupid and dunm dunm thing i have ever heard,dey cnt try dat nonse stupid law in America, God punish dem all shameless fools......
Nock9 On 19/12/2011 12:17:42
I luv my country, i no go lie, cos na 4 only here u go hear mumu tins wey make perfect sense 2 d ppl wey suppose lead us,lmao. Firstly dis news has 2 b a joke nd if its true, den shame 2 bad ppl. Our 'dearly beloved' leaders, lyk honestly arent der important tins 2 do??????? And ppl ar actually paid megally big 2 pass a law lyk dis!!!!!!!!!!! Hw can we grow plzzzzzzzz. Only God can save us.
dotmani On 19/12/2011 11:16:28
i can not show this to my friend from other countaries ,even from sudan savana,and it goes to show that we have a long way to go,may God show us mercy,no leaders,no legislators ,and above all no democracy!
Diss On 19/12/2011 06:19:50
They for kukuma make pidgin english our 2nd official language. And what if somebody say diss woman to my grand mother in d village will d law still hold? If no, then it is unlawful to be a law abiding citizen when the law does not benefit my grand mother.
emy On 18/12/2011 20:13:18
the lawmaker n her r birds of the same feathers,i think u guys dont have better work to do, who told her nt to go to sch, nw that is affectin her u r tryin to put peeps in jail 4 5years is it makin sense to u at all, is better we change 4 gud if nt i sorry 4 all of u.
habibu musa adunu On 18/12/2011 19:54:17
I have 500,000 friendz that wil diss the first lady and be happy to go to the police and report themselves,where wll you put us,mugus.
oluoluolu On 17/12/2011 20:36:16
English is nt what we need now, bt performance, pple in my country don't know what they need...
zainab On 17/12/2011 13:24:53
this is an infringement of our rights to speech. you do not make laws to favor one person. this is madness anyone who cannot speak English should go and learn.
Maks On 16/12/2011 07:48:29
Now, the British Council will produce all kinds of English test for Nigerians who want to school abroad.
Lad On 15/12/2011 21:02:29
Firstlady my foot. I honestly hate talkin abt dis woman cos she'll neva change.she is jst gettin worse everyday.WTF! Goodluckk himself no dey shame ni? Must d woman alws talk in public? Mtchwww.
mike(sss) On 08/12/2011 16:38:42
u Nigeria still got the gut to still discuss the first lady even after knowing about the law prohibiting it. we the agents from sss will track you all down. wait by 2020 u will see your name on newspaper for this very offence. stubborn elememts.
oyingeorge On 16/09/2011 15:10:06
This is so stupid....there are more important things for the lawmakers to do than pass this nonsence. Patty should brush herself up and those clowms in the legislative chambers should think up laws that will protect and uplift the citizenry.

faith On 15/09/2011 13:42:36
If ds is through, gej shd cover his face in shame. Ao can a phd holder be making escape route for his stark illiterate of a woman. 1st lady my foot, d best she can do is 2 go back 2 sh nd be educated dn making stupid law 2 suit her embarassing statements, she herself need 2 be jail 4 claiming 2 be a graduate.
Queen On 15/09/2011 12:24:02
English no b our language o
classib b On 15/09/2011 10:42:46
she's nt an american/british, she's a nigerian nd moreovr english is nt our indigenous language so pls n pls letz dis woman alone, lets concetrate on hw we goin 2 make dis country a bettr place

oc On 07/03/2011 17:20:38
is english our mother's tongue? why attack d woman? if she can't spk well, then she has to learn rather than d insult. it was nt good to put law, but we caused it. so lets d sleeping dog lie, and leave our 1st lady alone.
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