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Nigerian Gov’t to sanction promoters of hate songs - Minister

APA – Lagos (Nigeria)

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said that there will be sanctions for hate speech from anywhere and any part of the country.

Reacting to the hate songs against the Igbos in northern part of the country, Mohammed said: “Let me make it very clear, hate speech from anywhere, from any part of the country is what we have been preaching against and I feel that there must be sanctions. I am sure that the NBC will sanction any broadcast station that broadcasts this kind of hate speeches and I am sure that the security authorities would hound anybody who is found to be engaged in hate speeches in any form.”

“The government does not just care about hate speeches in the North, the government is against hate speeches anywhere; any form of music anywhere which can be described as hate speech from any part of Nigeria will be penalised, no mistake about that. No part of the country has the right to incite any part of the country against the other,” the minister said on Wednesday in Abuja.

In his reaction, the Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Dr. Modibo Kawu, vowed to sanction any broadcast station found to have transmitted the hate songs.

Kawu, who expressed disappointment with the spread of the hate songs, said that the Commission had deployed its monitoring team to ascertain all the broadcast stations that transmitted the songs with the intention of applying the appropriate sanctions in line with the broadcasting code.

Local media reports quoted Kawu as describing the development as a dangerous omen that could spark of violence and lead the country into war.

“Our monitoring team is already at work to monitor all broadcast stations spreading the hate songs. This is not acceptable.  As a responsible regulator, we have devoted August 24, to host a conference to enlighten all stakeholders in the broadcast industry and indeed Nigerians about the danger of hate speeches and hate songs,” he said.


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