Emir of Kano, His Highness Muhammadu Sanusi II, yesterday raised the alarm that Nigeria is on the path to anarchy, owing to reckless use of hate speeches on social media platforms.
The monarch in his remarks, during the opening session of the 2nd NUJ Conference with the theme, “Hate Speech, Halting The Tide, Before It Is Too Late” lamented that, indiscriminate use of words that are provocative posses the danger of leading the country towards anarchy.
The emir represented by the district head of Rogo, Alhaji Muhammad Muhammad Muaraz noted that political leadership across board must arise and fight against hate speeches.
He called for the waging of an organised war against hate speech, while urging Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ to sanction violators of the regulations governing, the practice of journalism in Nigeria.
The minister of Information and Culture, Barrister Lai Mohammed said it is critical to explore on how to combat hate speech in Nigeria.
Lai, who was represented at the event by the ministry’s permanent secretary, Deaconess Grace Isu Ekpe, explained that there is the need for a synergy between the respect for the provision of the constitution that provides for citizens to hold opinion and avoiding to infringe on the rights of others.
According to him, media practitioners are entitled to operate in an environment that is free from harassment and self-censorship.
The Director General , National Orientation Agency, NOA, Dr Garba Abari disclosed that the agency is prepared to collaborate with NUJ toward developing strategy on how to combat hate speech.
In his goodwill message, the President Nigeria Institute of Public Relations, NIPR, Dr Rotimi Oladele said the issue of hate speech is worrisome, noting that, the thoughtless use of hate speeches on various social media platform calls for immediate action to curb the menace.
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