Hate Speeches Can Lead To Civil War, IBB Warns
Former military Head of State, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida has cautioned those making hate speeches to stop it before it leads to civil war.
He said this during a prayer session to mark his 75th birthday at his Hilltop, Minna, Niger State residence Minna, Niger State, stating that Nigeria should not pray for civil war.
Recalling what the 30 months of civil war between 1967 and 1970 did to the country, the former head of state called on Nigerians, mostly youths to channel their energy towards creating a better society to live in love and unity.
However, he threw his weight behind restructuring, describing it as one of the ways to bring back confidence to the teeming youths who are making hate campaign.
Babangida called for the devolution of powers to strengthen the states and of course give them the right to create state police for quality security.
To him, the benefits of state police outweighs its disadvantages, adding that the government should not exercise any fear that governors could hijack it for political purpose.
Down memory lane, Babangida said that the Nigeria civil war happened because some sets of people were intolerant and that was aggravated by hate speeches, which eventually led to the 1967 civil war.
He condemned war, adding that he is still living with the pains in his body of the injuries he sustained during the war and would not call for war.
Warning those that are beating the drum of war, IBB urged them to desist from it because the last civil war was preceded by intolerance, hate speeches and series of negative pronouncements by citizens.