Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo has condemned every form of hate speech, declaring it an ‘act of terrorism’. While delivering a speech at a security summit organized by the national economic council(NEC) in Abuja, Osinbajo described hate speech as a ‘specie’ of terrorism.
He pointed out that the Terrorism Prevention Act 2011 as amended defines terrorism as an “act deliberately done with malice which may seriously harm a country or is intended or can be reasonably regarded as having been done to seriously intimidate a population”.
In his words;
“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.”