In­sti­tute charges govs, CSOs on hate speech

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­dul­la­teef Salau

The In­sti­tute for Peace and con­flict Res­o­lu­tion (IPCR) has urged state gov­ern­ments to stem the spread of hate speech through grass­roots cam­paign.

Speak­ing yes­ter­day in Abuja at a media par­ley to mark the 2017 UN In­ter­na­tional Day of Peace in Nige­ria, IPCR Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Prof. Oshita Oshita, said apart from so­cial media, grass-root is where hate speech per­sists.

The con­fer­ence was jointly or­gan­ised by IPCR, Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (NEMA), Nige­ria Se­cu­rity and Civil De­fence Corps (NSCDC) among oth­ers.

“The spread of false­hood and hate speech via so­cial media plat­form is cre­at­ing and dig­ging imag­i­nary fault lines be­tween peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties, un­der­min­ing hu­man re­spect, safety and dig­nity across the coun­try,” he said.

Oshita said that there was also need to work with the Civil So­ci­ety Or­gan­sa­tions (CSOs) to reach out to the grass-root pop­u­la­tion to com­pletely stem the trend.

He said that the agency, apart from the early warn­ing cen­tres cre­ated to stem the ag­i­ta­tion, had also en­gaged with CSOs and other stake­hold­ers.

He en­joined Nige­ri­ans to be sys­tem­atic in the way they go about achiev­ing their de­sired change.

Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of NEMA, Mustapha Mai­haja, who stressed the im­por­tance of liv­ing to­gether in peace and har­mony, said the UN Day of Peace was to cam­paign against pre­vail­ing vi­o­lence in parts of the world.

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