FG To Treat Hate Speech As Terrorism – Osinbajo Declares


The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday asserted that the Federal Government has drawn the line on hate speech, which he identified as a species of terrorism.

Osinbajo stated this while speaking at an ongoing security summit organised by the National Economic Council, NEC, holding at the Aso Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He stated that “The Terrorism Prevention Act 2011 as amended defines terrorism as an act which deliberately done with malice which may seriously harm a country or is intended or can be reasonably be regarded as having been done to seriously intimidate a population.

“Silence in such situations can only be seen as an endorsement. Hate speech 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.”



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