How to stop Hate Speech in Nigeria.
By Isaac Ejiga, Gilamro Keban and Chinedu Asadu
Nigeria’s unity and peaceful co-existence has come under threat recently with hate speeches flying around. Here is a curated story on how the sad trend could be stopped.
What hate speech is not.
So what constitutes hate speech?
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Q & A ON HATE SPEECH
What is the meaning of hate speech?
Hate speech is a speech which attacks a person or group on the basis of attributes such as race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, or gender.
Has this been in existence or it’s just a new trend in Nigeria?
There have been instances of hate speech but there is a sharp increase of such speeches in recent past. Nnamdi Kanu, leader of Indegenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is popular for such speeches. He has threatened the Nigerian government as well as the nation’s unity in his quest for Biafra. The Arewa Youth also made a hate speech recently when they ordered the Igbo out of their region; same with the Niger Delta militants who asked the Hausa and Yoruba to leave their region.
Why the quit notice? Are there unresolved issues or something?
Each occasion has their peculiar reasons. The Arewa youth for instance asked the Igbo to leave because they say Nnamdi Kanu has been a major threat to the nation’s peaceful co-existence. In the case of the Niger Delta militants, theirs was in response to the quit notice the Arewa youth issued to the Igbo.
So what should government do to end hate speech in Nigeria?
The government has held dialogues with the leaders of the various parts of the country in a bid to reaffirm Nigeria’s unity and seek solutions to issues of contention. It should stand by its words and keep on with the dialogues because communication is key in every crisis situation. It should also thread with caution not to cause more problems with its plan to make hate speech an act of terrorism. The government, also, should fast track the introduction of the executive bill which it said is underway and will help curb hate speech.
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