The Federal Government, yesterday, vowed to unleash the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC and security agencies against promoters of hate speech and songs now raging in some sections of the country.
The vow by the Federal Government came as the NBC vowed to apply appropriate sanctions from the broadcasting code against the broadcasters of the hate songs.
Former governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, also condemned the anti-Igbo songs fanned in some sections of the North. Asked to give the Federal Government’s reactions to the anti-Igbo songs, yesterday, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said: “Let me make it very clear, hate speech from anywhere, from any part of the country is what we have been preaching against and I feel that there must be sanctions.
I am sure that the NBC will sanction any broadcast station that broadcasts this kind of hate speeches and I am sure that the security authorities would hound anybody who is found to be engaged in hate speeches in any form.
“The government does not just care about hate speeches in the North, the government is against hate speeches anywhere; any form of music anywhere which can be described as hate speech from any part of Nigeria will be penalised, no mistake about that. No part of the country has the right to incite any part of the country against the other,” the minister asserted.