Osinbajo tasks the media on hate speech

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Acting President Prof Yemi Osinbajo

the forum is an important one for raising the question of hate speech and its implications for our country, for our polity and for peace and security

 

THE Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has asked the country’s chapter of the International Press Institute (IPI) to use the 2018 edition of the institute’s world congress in Abuja to project the country’s image to the globe.

Addressing the board of the Nigerian chapter of the IPI, during their visit at the Presidential Villa, he said, the forum should raising the question of hate speech and its implications for our polity and for peace and security.

He also noted that the Congress “is a very important opportunity for Nigeria to showcase ourselves and also to show that Nigeria is safe and secure for business.

“It is also an opportunity to advertise all of our ease of doing business initiatives.’’

Osinbajo assured the IPI that the administration would partner the Nigerian chapter in hosting a hitch-free congress of the Global Network of Free Media.

He also noted that states could participate in the hosting, especially as it provided “an important opportunity for tourism and for them to showcase some of the great initiatives that they have.’’

The Acting President said that the pledge was in line with the administration’s commitment to promote private sector partnership.

He urged the local organizing committee to consider the issue of hate speech as part of the agenda at the Congress, noting that, “the forum is an important one for raising the question of hate speech and its implications for our country, for our polity and for peace and security.’

“Somehow these things are resonating all over the world, new found nationalism and all of that.

“But I think for us here in Nigeria, it is a very important issue.

“I think that it is important that we find ways of controlling these things.

“I think that we owe a responsibility, especially leaders of journalism, to find ways of dealing with this issue because it is a cancer.’’

The Acting President thanked the delegation for the visit and for its efforts in ensuring that Nigeria was given the opportunity to host the world congress.

The leader of the delegation and Chairman of Thisday newspapers, Chief Nduka Obaigbena, assured that hate speech would form one of the themes to be discussed during the congress.

He solicited the support of Federal Government in the hosting in different areas, including the provision of a secure and safe environment for delegates and visas on arrival.

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