An NGO, Progressive Mind for Development Initiative (PMDI), has urged political parties to cautioned their candidates against the use of hate speech and sentiments during campaigns.
The NGO gave the advice on Saturday in Yola, in a statement signed by its President, Mr Abubakar Abdulsalam.
Abdulsalam said the call became necessary in view of the approaching 2019 general election campaigns in the country.
He said parties needed to tell their candidates the relevance of issue based campaign in mobilising the electorate for peaceful general elections.
“We deemed it necessary to call on all political parties to warn their respective candidates to desist from hate speech during campaigns.
“Campaign should be strictly on development in all aspects of human life, but not based on sentiments or things that promote tension and disunity.”
Abdulsalam said the NGO would observe campaigns in some selected states, including Adamawa, and would not hesitate to expose any party and candidates that engage in hate speech campaign.
He also urged the electorate to look out for candidates with integrity and commitment to selfless service.