OSINBAJO declares hate speech as terrorism - Full Gist News


Thursday, 17 August 2017

OSINBAJO declares hate speech as terrorism

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has described hate speech as a species of terrorism, saying the Federal Government has drawn the line on the menace. He spoke, on Thursday, at the Banquet Hall of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja at an ongoing security summit organised by the National Economic Council.

The retreat is being attended by state governors, members of the Federal Executive Council and security chiefs. The acting president also said that the Terrorism Prevention Act 2011 as amended defines terrorism as an act deliberately done with malice which may seriously harm a country or is intended or can be reasonably regarded as having been done to seriously intimidate a population.

The acting president emphasised that in such a situation, silence could only be seen as an endorsement.

He said the silence of the nation’s leaders, in particular, would be a disservice to the country, its peace, and future.

“Hate speech is terrorism and the promotion of the same through history from Nazi Germany and the extermination of Jews to the Rwandan genocide succeeded in achieving their barbarous ends by the silence of influential voices.

“The silence of leaders at this time – in our country will be a grave disservice to our country, its peace, and its future,” the acting president stated.

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