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Lai Mohammed Worried About Hate Speech In Nigeria




The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has called for the regulation of hate speech in Nigeria, saying trend of hate speech if left unchecked could become a hydra-headed monster.

This is coming at a time when the Department of State Services, DSS, invited the Senior Pastor of the Omega Fire Ministry, Apostle Jonshon Suleiman for recently making inciting comments. .

Suleman, an Edo-born preacher had recently directed his members to kill any Fulani herdsman found around him and the church, a comment that has drawn mixed reactions from a cross section of Nigerians.

But speaking at the conference dinner of the first West Africa regional round of the Oxford prize media law moot court competition, on Tuesday night in Lagos, the Minister said the growing trend of hate speeches in the country constitutes a threat to national peace and security.

According to Mohammed, for Nigeria to achieve a just and egalitarian society, appropriate laws must be enacted to checkmate hate speeches.

He said, “Hate speech is becoming increasingly prevalent in all areas of our national endeavour, including religious, social, political and communal life.

“Experts, therefore, alerted that the level, trend and occurrence of hate speech constitute a threat to the peace, unity and security of the country.

“The phenomenon, if left unchecked could grow to become a hydra-headed monster which latently and silently creates a Rwandan-type experience.’’


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