By Gbenga Olarinoye
Osogbo—Former Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Bisi Akande has urged advocates of hate speeches to thread with caution, because it was capable of precipitating crisis in the nation.
He said that in a country like Nigeria, utterances must be weighed so as to eschew hate speeches that could precipitate chaos, saying, “it is unethical to say to others what makes one uncomfortable if such words are said to oneself”.
Besides, the Speaker .of Osun State House of Assembly, Hon. Najeem Salaam said hate speech is a product of political aggrandisement being pushed by ethnic champions for selfish reason.
Chief Bisi Akande spoke via a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Goke Butika, and Hon. Salaam made the statement while paying the former an Eid Aldha known as Ileya visit in his country home, Ila Orangun.
Salaam threw his weight behind the pronouncement of the federal government which had earlier categorized hate speech as an act of terrorism, asserting that Rwanda genocide which cost two million lives through hate driven war must not be allowed in Nigeria.
He then tasked critical stakeholders in the country and leaders of thought to work hard in rolling back the pervading hate speeches among some groups and individuals who are being sponsored by those who lost out in the power game.