Buhari Flags off Campaign with a warning on Hate Speech: What really is Hate Speech , a Group queries.
Refers: Many Nigerian Newspapers, 19th November 2018, Front pages
Voice from the East- VEAST, an Igbo advocacy group, has critically evaluated the statement said to have been made by Buhari and world bodies today November the 19th , 2018 on front pages of many of Nigerian Newspapers calling on all politicians to desist from hate speech as they flag off their campaigns today.
This call is claimed to have come from several sources. VEAST has raised the rhetorical question on what hate speech really is. In a statement endorsed by its Convener, Comrade Kindness Jonah , the group alleges that hate speech started in Nigeria’s political space when Nnamdi Nnamdi Kanu fired the first salvo on the personality of President Muhammadu Buhari as he was said to be preparing to be returning to Nigeria from his medical trip in London .
According to the group, hate speech has been a compound word without real definition in Nigerian political and social lexicon , and it appears to be used to be gagging political opponents from trailing the alleged purposive – divisive contour of Nnamdi Kanu in referring to Buhari as Jubrin from Sudan.
The group rather took a sweep at those calling on avoidance of hate speech without first defining what it really means in the context of political and Kanuish grandstanding. Comrade Jonah enthused : ‘‘ Atiku Abubakar was quoted on dailies to have said: ‘ I won’t contest with a foreigner’: who is that foreigner ?; Bukola Saraki was quoted to have said on Nigerian dailies : Vote for Atiku,donot vote for a foreigner. Who is that foreigner? ; Buhari was quoted to have said as soon as he could not get into his finger-print coded Aso Rock Villa : ‘rodents(rats) could not allow me enter.’
How come rats were discovered inside a house that no one had entered, that is, discovering rats inside a house from outside the house , without entering the house ? How come the finger-print of President Buhari could not first open the house coded with his own finger print initially ? ; How come that Aisha Buhari is often seen to have been rebuffing moves to be going around with ‘ her husband’ President Buhari ?; How come that President Buhari has not deemed it necessary to address Nigerians in media chart where the rank and file of Nigerians would ask him questions of varied types and he responds to them from his own perception? ;
How come it now becomes very difficult for President Buhari to speak his own Fulfude Language to cool national tension on his nationality? What is wrong with President Buhari removing his cap to prove Nnamdi Kanu wrong ? Why has Mr. President been rather using his Vice to be talking to Nigerians rather than speaking to them himself in any Nigerian language he is adept at, and not compusorily English ? ’’
VEAST believes that until these questions are addressed dispassionately and President Muhammadu taken bold steps to respond to them , the nerve-chilling evocation of his Sudanese origin by Nnamdi Kanu and his subjects cannot stop, even when they are clearly perceivably wrong, and any attempt to hanker on hate speech , not clearly defined , would end up registering hate speech the more.