Osinbajo, DSS warn Nigerians to desist from hate speeches

Hate Speech Wrong narrative for national discourse integration by Ayobami Akanji

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Osinbajo made the call at a National Security Seminar with "Unity in Diversity: Security and National Development" as theme, organised by the Department of State Service (DSS). "Often what they are saying is I am marginalised-'appoint me'", he said.

He spoke against the background of the prevailing groundswell of agitations for the restructuring of the country, which many people and groups claimed was caused by the marginalisation of their ethnic groups.

He was reacting to hate speeches which had crept up in different sections of the country, thereby heating up the polity.

But the acting president cautioned against the trend, saying those complaining about marginalisation were insincere and were only using it as a bargaining chip to feather their self-serving interests.

"It is also a false narrative one group is more corrupt than the other". Not so. If you look at a corruption charge sheet, there is unity; you find all ethnic and religious groups equally represented in corruption.

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Sundiata Post further recalls that at every forum since the agitation by the youths assumed a risky dimension, the Acting President has cautioned Nigerians against hate speech.

The Lagos APC chairman who said that his delegation was grateful to God for the improvement in the health of President Buhari also commended the administration for its anti-corruption efforts.

Meanwhile, Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria's acting president, met with some top Niger Deltan leaders over renewed threats from the region late Thursday, July 3.

The former minister of Aviation further said that Osinbajo has stigmatised and criminalised every single leading member of the opposition PDP, including our leader President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, over the last three years and sought to paint them as reprobates and evil souls who are not fit to hold public office.

According to him, "the language of exchange in the country must be civil and we must not tolerate a situation where people speak in any way they like and citizenry should also shun all narratives that would foment all kinds of trouble and create divisions and embrace those that unite".

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