Hate speech: Nigerian govt vows to deal with culprits

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo [Photo Credit: Pulseng]
Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo [Photo Credit: Pulseng]

The Federal Government has vowed to deal decisively with any person or group involved in hate speech or inciting the public to cause break down of law and order.

The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, gave the warning at a media briefing on Friday in Abuja.

Mr. Dambazau said the warning became necessary following series of threats and counter-threats directed at ethnic groups and the need to maintain law and order.

He said as the minister responsible for public safety and security,‎ proactive measures had been put in place to ensure safety of lives and property of Nigerians irrespective of their ethnic groups and where they resided.

“I wish to reassure the public of government’s commitment to protect lives and property, as well as to ensure the sanctity and integrity of the national space.

“All those found inciting public disobedience or preaching violence and hatred under‎ any guise whatsoever will be made to face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

H‎e said all the measures being taken were meant to consolidate on the efforts of the acting President, Yemi Osinbajo who had been addressing the concerns of different segments of the society.

The minister said that‎ ‎Federal Government was already putting together an Executive bill to the National Assembly to clearly state what hate speech is and the stiff punishment for culprits.

(NAN)


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  • Rick Eson

    The law is a cohesive force and essential for the survival of any Nation. A Nation where any dick and harry act without regard for the law of the Nation is on a path destruction.
    Law enforcement system must act and ensure the law breaking citizen are deal with swiftly with penalty good enough to deter others. The law must be obey no alternative to excuses.

    • Riot50000

      What if the law breakers are the same as the guardians of the law, and the law makers?
      These IMBECILES in Nigeria’s top ranks chase shadows instead of attacking real problems.
      Hate speech was a product of administration, and because they cannot or simply do not know how to LEAD, they turn to SYMPTOMS, instead of dealing with the etiology of the pathology.
      50 years of Hausa/Foolani/Yoruba fleecing of NIGERIA with NOTHING to show for it.
      An institution will always assume the personality of it’s leadership.
      Any questions?

  • emmanuel

    Which is easier to deal with? those who kill others or the ones who insult those who kill their people?
    Osinbande is a fake prophet. He should first deal with those who steal $48 million. It is not difficult to know those who act like the prophets of Baal during Elijah Israel time
    Where are the AFC e-rats, they are tired of asking us to produce evidence to try the reigning thieves – f*ols!

  • FEMI A USA

    My Vice president and your Administration better be careful because you are on slippery slope. Some people or government may not like it but is still part of fundamental of human rights. Should you or government embark on this, your Administration will be considered a Dictator for gagging people rights. Listen to Egbon Fela says if he sees truth he will talk you can not shut up his mouth. What an errant non sense, people can not talk but they can gather in association. Do people talk in your church? Do you show people with your non verbal language (body language)? Hmmmmm, ogbeni Yemi listen to your self bi ko. What will you say or do about the following White Supremacy in United States, Nationalism, in Europe, Populism all these are in associations. You may get in trouble. with your Oga.