Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday at the National Economic Council retreat held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja said that the Federal Government will no longer tolerate hate speech in the country.
According to Osinbajo, the intimidation of a population by words is an act of terrorism and will hence forth no longer be tolerated, noting that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government intends to take the matter seriously.
“As I have said, we have drawn a line against hate speech, it will not be tolerated, it will be taken as an act of terrorism and all of the consequences will follow.” The Acting President stated.
He added that Nigerian business, political and religious leaders must condemn “in the strongest possible terms, hate speeches that promote violence against an individual or a group, especially when such speech come from people of your own faith, tribe or group.
“When leaders in communities that speak in such a manner to create dissension or intimidate the population are quiet, they do a great disservice to our unity, they do a great disservice to our nation”
“Your silence in such situation can only be seen as an endorsement.” Mr. Osinbajo added.
“This is why I urge all political leaders, religious leaders, business leaders and all of those who truly want a united country, a country where there will be peace and security to ensure that we do not tolerate by our silence the hate speech that we hear every day in community.”
Mr. Osinbajo is apparently talking about the quit notice ultimatum issued to the Igbos residing in the north by the Arewa Youth to leave the north by October 1 and the same statement issued by a group of Niger Delta youths ordering Hausaand Yoruba to leave the Niger Delta Region.
He noted that the Buhari’s administration came with visions that cover three areas which includes security, economy and fight against corruption.