Hate speech now an act of terrorism, Osinbajo warns

Ebun Francis || Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Acting President has called hate speech a specie of terrorism, warning that the federal government will no longer condone any form of hate speech in the country.

Osinbajo made the remark in a speech he gave at the on going security summit organised by the National Council of State (NEC) at Presidential Villa Abuja.

According to him, “Silence in such situations can only be seen as an endorsement.

“The federal government has today drawn the line on hate speech. Hate speech is a specie of terrorism,” Osinbajo said.

“The Terrorism Prevention Act 2011 as amended defines terrorism as an act which deliberately done with malice which may seriously harm a country or is intended or can be reasonably be regarded as having been done to seriously intimidate a population.

“Hate speech and the promotion of the same through history from Nazi Germany and the extermination of Jews to the Rwandan genocide succeeded in achieving their barbarous ends by the silence of influential voices.

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“The silence of leaders at this time -in our country will be a grave disservice to our country, its peace and its future.”

The Acting President’s remark is an attempt to de-escalate the rising tension in the country as result of the quit notice given to the Igbo in the north by the Arewa youth group over the agitation for an Independent State of Biafra by the separatist group IPOB.