Group wants me­dia out­fits prop­a­gat­ing hate speech pros­e­cuted

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Lami Sadiq, Jos

Youths in Plateau State at the week­end urged se­cu­rity agen­cies to in­ves­ti­gate and pros­e­cute me­dia out­fits that prop­a­gate hate speech.

The youths also urged broad­cast sta­tions to check ut­ter­ances of guests who make hate speeches on air.

The youths spoke un­der the aus­pices of the Plateau State Youths Coun­cil (PYC), an um­brella body for youth groups in the state, dur­ing a press con­fer­ence to mark this year’s In­ter­na­tional Youth Day un­der the theme, ‘Youth Build­ing Peace.’

The Chair­man of the PYC, Dr. Fabong Jem­chang Yil­dam urged youths in the state to shun vi­o­lence and so­cial me­dia at­tacks, adding that youths should, as a mat­ter of pri­or­ity en­gage in shap­ing last­ing peace and con­tribut­ing to jus­tice and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

Yil­dam called for more youth in­clu­sion and par­tic­i­pa­tion at all lev­els of gov­er­nance which he said was cru­cial to the de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try.

He said de­spite its 10 years of ab­sence in the state, the youth coun­cil which was re­cently re­vived by Gover­nor Si­mon Bako La­long had en­gaged 2,500 youths in var­i­ous skill ac­qui­si­tion pro­grammes with in­ten­tion to scale the num­ber to 20,000 youths within its first six months in of­fice.

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