WARNING: Avoid Hate Speech Or Face Charges, Govt Warns
Any comments that will incite the public to cause break down of law and order, will be dealt with decisively, a government official has said.
There have been threats and counter-threats directed at ethnic groups and the government says the situation has triggered the need to enforce the law.
In the north, a coalition of youths issued an ultimatum to Igbos in the north to leave before October 1 and a counter-ultimatum has also been issued to northerners and Yorubas resident in the Niger Delta.
These ultimatums have become a source of concern for the government and there is need for a clear warning.
The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, said this at a media briefing in Abuja on Friday.
He noted that the Federal Government has vowed to deal decisively with any person or group involved in hate speech that could lead to disorder.
“I wish to reassure the public of government’s commitment to protect lives and property, as well as to ensure the sanctity and integrity of the national space.
“All those found inciting public disobedience or preaching violence and hatred under any guise whatsoever will be made to face the full wrath of the law,” he said.