FG To Draw Line Between Freedom of Expression And Hate Speech

FG To Draw Line Between Freedom of Expression And Hate Speech

In its attempt to address all agitations by some regions in Nigeria, the Federal Government said on Tuesday that it would need to differentiate between freedom of expression and hate speech.

Acting President Yemi Osnbajo said in a statement released by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande that the government would not allow issues to degenerate but would address all agitations soon.

Meanwhile, the statement noted that in doing so, it would check the growing trend of hate speeches and draw a line between hatred and freedom of expression.

The Indigenous People of Bafra, IPOB had been calling for secession while the recent quit order issued to the Igbo people resident in the north had continued to generate fuss in the public domain.

However, the statement explained that there was hope for all agitators, including the Niger Delta militants, the IPOB as the government is ready to listen to them and come up with quality solution.

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo engaged in a series of consultations between June 13 and 22 with leaders of thought, traditional rulers and political leaders in the North and the Southeast. He also met with governors.

According to the statement, the government would only be engaging the agitators in accordance with the constitution and would also proffer solution within the ambit of the law.

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