Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has cautioned the federal government over its categorisation of hate speeches as act of terrorism.
“This appears as another plot to silence the opposition and I make bold to say that saying the truth concerning the country and its rulers cannot
be termed as hate speech,” he said.
The governor, who accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the
number one promoter and beneficiary of hate speeches in the country,
noted that, “When the APC was looking for power, several provocative
statements were made.
In a statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Friday by his Special Assistant
on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor
Fayose, said he was totally against hate speech and will support any effort to curb it, added that it was important to caution the federal government on the danger inherent in the blanket categorisation of hate speech as treasonable.
He said “even if the APC government is sincere with its new found
hatred for hate speeches, the APC government must first apologise to
Nigerians for being the number one promoter and beneficiary of hate
The governor counselled that rather than blanket criminalising of hate
speeches, the federal government should embark on reorientation of Nigerians, especially the youths on the consequences of hate speeches to the unity of the country and restore the confidence of the people in the government.