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Tame actions that inspire hate speech, Group tells FG


Nigeria’s Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo

The Eastern Consultative Assembly (ECA) has applauded federal governmentís determination to treat hate speech as ëterrorismî but advised that actions that inspire hate speeches should be tamed in order to restore sanity in the land.

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, who was apparently miffed by the level of hate speeches going on in the country had said that government would henceforth classify such hate speeches as ëterrorist acts.

Reacting to the development in Enugu however, the ECA which commended the boldness of government in bringing the trend to a halt, stressed that addressing hate speeches without taming hate actions and suspicious partisanship on the side of government, might not save the ongoing slide to mayhem, which is principally inspired by those who are afraid of restructuring Nigeria.

Those opposing restructuring are erroneously of the view that threatening to attack, kill, destroy and seize properties of easterners domiciled in northern Nigeria by issuing them quit notices, spreading hate messages through social media and composing genocides songs will starve off the quest to restructure Nigeria. Truth is Nigeria will die if Nigeria is not consensually redesigned into a truly federal entity, where fiscal federalism and regional autonomy reigns. No amount of quit notices and hate songs will save this unworkable unitary Nigeriaî.

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