Voice from the East asks Buhari on hate speech?

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. 

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 .

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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.’

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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? ;

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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.