NOA warns against hate speech, songs

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Lat­i­fat Opoola

The Na­tional Ori­en­ta­tion Agency has warned against the in­crease in hate speeches and songs stress­ing that if not checked the sit­u­a­tion could dis­tort the peace and se­cu­rity of the na­tion.

Direc­tor-Gen­eral of the agency, Garba Abari said NOA is in pos­ses­sion of at least three hate songs al­ready recorded to preach hate in com­mu­ni­ties.

He stated this yes­ter­day at a press con­fer­ence or­ga­nized by the agency on the “Ris­ing Wave of Hate Mes­sages in Cir­cu­la­tion in Nige­ria”.

Abari said two out of the songs are al­ready in mass cir­cu­la­tion in the so­cial me­dia, (Face­book and Youtube) adding that the “More dis­turb­ing part is that each of these songs ap­pears to want to undo the other”.

“We are also aware of the mes­sages from the Indige­nous Peo­ple of Bi­afra (IPOB) group con­tin­u­ally been filled with hate and de­ri­sion for other eth­nic com­mu­ni­ties. We also have no­ticed that those, who dare to call them to or­der have be­come the sub­ject of at­tack by these groups through their songs and mes­sages,” he said.

Abari sought the sup­port of all stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing the me­dia; to help cor­rect the nar­ra­tive, stress­ing that govern­ment alone shouldn’t be left with the bur­den.

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