The federal government has announced that purveyors of hate speeches will henceforth be dealt with according to the law.
In fact, vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said those who promotes hate speeches in the country will be treated as terrorists.
Nigerian Army, in furtherance to President Muhammdu Buhari’s nationwide broadcast where he condemned recent hate speeches especially in the social media, has said it is monitoring social media to check false and hate speeches.
To avoid trouble and not fall victim of government barking and biting, it is important you understand what is hate speech.
So what constitute hate speech?
Miebara Rommel in his recent article “Why Hate Speech is Wrong and Should be Illegal, wrote “Frankly, the concept of hate speech has myriad of explanations and dimensions. But I found the definition of Prof. Christian Ezeibe of the University of Nigeria succinct. He defines Hate speech as “any speech, gesture, conduct, writing or display which could incite people to violence or prejudicial action.”
He went on to say the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination gave an elaborate explanation.
It noted that hate speech includes: “(a) all dissemination of ideas based on racial or ethnic superiority or hatred, by whatever means; (b) incitement to hatred, contempt or discrimination against members of a group on grounds of their race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin; (c) threats or incitement to violence against persons or groups on the grounds in (b) above; (d) expression of insults, ridicule or slander of persons or groups or justification of hatred, contempt or discrimination on the grounds in (b) above, when it clearly amounts to incitement to hatred or discrimination; (e) participation in organizations and activities which promote and incite racial discrimination.”
Now you know… So stay out of trouble.