By Emmanuel Elebeke
The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC has condemned the ongoing production and circulation of an Hausa song aimed at disparaging Igbos and incites hate against them among other Nigerians.
The Director General of the Commission, Dr. Modibo Kawu who made the condemnation in an interview with Vanguard vowed to sanction all the broadcast stations spreading the hate songs against the Igbos.
Kawu who expressed disappointment with the spread of the hate songs said the Commission had deployed its monitoring team to ascertain all the broadcast stations responsible for the spread of such unwarranted songs in the air waves to be able to hand them the appropriate sanctions in line with the broadcasting code that established the NBC.
He described 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 24th August to host a conference to enlighten all stakeholders in the broadcast industry and indeed Nigerians about the danger of hate speeches and hate songs.
‘‘It is a serious crisis we have on our hand. We have identified Kano and Kaduna as the most hostile states in the North and have decided to engage stakeholders including the broadcasters on the danger of hate Speeches to national security.
‘‘As a result of this, we have developed a new entry code for all broadcasters because we have a serious crisis in our hands and if we fail to nip it in the bud, it may degenerate to a genocide, we will not allow to happen.
‘‘I was in Lagos last week to sensitize major stakeholders on the same issue. We are also planning to engage political parties, media, INEC, security agencies to play according to the rule in the forthcoming electioneering campaigns.
‘‘Hate speech is endangering our national peace, it was responsible for genocide in Rwanda and we will not allow it to happen in Nigeria. We are collaborating with all security agents to find a lasting solution to these emerging and negative trends,’’ he added.
Recall that an Hausa hate and inciting song against the Igbos has been trending in the social media and currently circulating in some radio stations across the Northern Nigeria.
Some prominent Nigerians, who reacted to the development, urged the Federal Government to take immediate action to avert the Rwanda Genocide experience that may likely occur as a result of the destructive song.
The trending song, which was voiced by an unknown female artist in Hausa language, was carefully worded, with the intention of causing deliberate mass incitement of Nigerians from the North against those from the Igbo extraction.
Accoording to them, this is a serious matter that must be addressed with the speed of light if the current peace shall be preserved.
The song is considered as a serious threat to national security capable of degenerating into a genocide that may, should the Federal Government not mobilize all resources within its capacity to avert the catastrophic response that may break out in few days time.
The song they said is dangerous, inciting and capable of drawing the country into another civil war and we must act fast to stop it.