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Hate speech to be criminalized in Nigeria
August 28, 2017, 11:40 am

Equating hate speech to terrorism, Acting-President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, has said that the intimidation of a population by words or speech will no longer be tolerated in the country.

He called on Nigerian business, political and religious leaders to condemn "in the strongest possible terms, hate speeches that promote violence against an individual or a group, especially when such speech comes from people of your own faith, tribe or group.”

When leaders in communities remain silent on hearing hate speech that creates dissension or intimidates the population, “they do a great disservice to our unity; they do a great disservice to our nation”, said the acting-president. "Your silence in such a situation can only be seen as an endorsement," Mr. Osinbajo added.

Mr. Osinbajo stated that the primary purpose of government is to provide security and welfare of the people and as such the administration will not relent in the vision of a secured country in which all citizens can confidently aspire to achieve their means and ambition.

He noted that President Muhammadu Buhari administration came in with a vision that covers three key areas, which are security, the economy and the fight against corruption. ”Without guaranteeing security, however, Nigeria will struggle to attract the kind of investments, domestic or foreign, needed to create jobs and prosperity for the people.”


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