By Ayo Onikoyi
Ahead of the governorship and States House of Assembly elections, the federal government’s campaign against hate speech received a boost when the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) engaged youths in Lagos, in a one-day seminar tagged ‘Safer Internet Programme And Capacity Building Against Hate Speech.’
Resource persons from Nollywood, including actor and activist, Hilda Dokubo; filmmaker Tunji Bamishigbin, the popular marketer, Igwe Gab Okoye, aka Gabosky and veteran actor Keppy Ekpenyong Bassey, graced the event which took place on Thursday, March 7, 2019, at the Suru Express Hotel, Ikeja.
And in attendance were youths from all the local government areas of Lagos State, who were educated on how to resist being used by bigots to fan the embers of hatred in a multi-religious and multi-ethnic nation like Nigeria.
According to the Convener of the seminar and Executive Director of NFVCB, Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, as content regulators in the media sector, the attention of the youths needs to be channeled towards issues that will promote peace and not division, intolerance and marginalization of the vulnerable.
He said: “The National Film and Video Censors Board’s Safer Internet programme is aimed at promoting a better and positive use of Digital, Information and Communication Technology. As a content regulator in the media sector, the Board had done a lot to ensure that the internet and the electronic media are not used for negative purposes. As a matter of fact, the internet and the electronic media become unsafe when they are used to propagate fake news and hate speeches.”
Hilda Dokubo, Tunji Bamishigbin and others also spoke at the event, urging the youths to disregard use of hate speech under any guise.