Group calls for law against hate speech

Acheme Jack, Kano

Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has called for the enactment of a law against hate speech among Nigerians.

The Programme Officer of the Non-Governmental Organisation, Isa Garba made the call at a press conference in Kano State.

According to Garba, “lack of specific law is the reason for the rise of hate speeches in Nigeria.’’

Religious leaders
The organisation urged religious leaders to stop using hate speech to express their grievances, political or social misunderstanding with others.

Garba also explained that religion has topped the CITAD’s January hate speech monitoring report with 444 statements, ethnicity got 347, Biafra issue had 18 while farmers/herders crisis had 11 statements.

He called on Nigerians to rise up against the ugly trend, to achieve lasting peace in the polity.

Mercy Chukwudiebere