Hate speech: Guild of Editors calls for restraint

Ugo Okoro

The Nigerian Guild of Editors has condemned hate speech from different sections of the country, and called for restraint as well as tolerance among Nigerians, stressing that the country remains stronger together.

In a statement signed by NGE president, Funke Egbemode, the Standing Committee of the Guild after a meeting in Lagos, noted that “those sowing seeds of discord should realise that they are not just destroying the dreams of the nation’s founding fathers but the progress we have made over the years as a nation; their actions have the capacity to alter the destiny of Nigeria negatively. 

“The Guild reminds the hate agents that as major stakeholders in the Nigerian Project, Editors and Journalists fought for the enthronement of the current democratic dispensation, with some paying the supreme price, to birth a constitutional government.”

They expressed concerns that “elders from different parts of the country kept quiet for too long, which allowed the youths to take over the socio-political space and brought the nation to the present situation. The Guild urges the elders across the country to always keenly take interest in the affairs of the nation, rather than play the ostrich.”

The Guild also urged Nigerians to ignore those agitating for the dismemberment of the country and to go about their business without fear.

They also appreciated the “firm and decisive intervention” of the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, which calmed the situation and urged the government to do more.

“The Guild notes that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has been issuing orders to his men to get these persons arrested but is worried that no commensurate action has been taken. It urges the Police to be more responsive and pragmatic,” the statement read.

“The Guild commends the Nigeria Police Force for the arrest of the kidnap kingpin, Chukwudi Dumeme Onuamadike and other kidnappers and urges that they should do more to ensure the release of the abducted pupils of Igbonla Model College, Epe in Lagos State, who have been missing for more than three weeks now,” they concluded.