Federal Government says it will adopt all pragmatic measures to address the issue of hate speech in view of its negative implications on the peace and oneness of the Nation.
To this end, all activities on social platforms, electronic and print media organizations will be dully monitored, while culprits will be sanctioned according to media and cyber laws.
Minister of Information Alhaji Lai Muhammed, stated this in his address at the opening ceremony of the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ, National conference in Kana, Kano state.
Alhaji Muhammed who spoke through the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Culture, Mrs grace Isu Gekpe said the rising cases of hate speech, especially on the social media was gradually truncating the hard earned unity of the Nation, hence it must be nipped in the bud.
Declaring the programme open, the Governor of Kano Sate, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje stressed the need for Nigerians to tolerate one another and desist from uttering derogatory comments against the country.
The Governor who highlighted his achievements in the areas of Health, Agriculture, Education and human capital development promised to continue to create a friendly environment for the Press to operate freely as stated by the law.
Earlier, in his address of welcome the National President of NUJ, Alhaji Waheed Odusile said the National Conference was organized to create a platform for journalists to interact and make meaningful resolutions on issues affecting the profession and the Nation at large.
Alhaji Odusile said the theme of the conference “HATE SPEECH: HALTING THE TIDE BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE” was essential at the moment considering the fact that the Nation will be going to the poll next year.
The conference is expected to be rounded off on Wednesday.