By Abubakar Abdullahi, Lafia
Protect Nigeria from hate speech, Nasarawa leaders tells FG
Traditional leaders in Nasarawa State have urged the federal and state governments to clamp down on hate speech makers in order to protect Nigeria’s unity.
They made their opinions known in separate interviews with newsmen in Lafia and Doma Local Government Areas of the state.
For the Oga-Onawo, Andoma of Doma, Alhaji Ahmadu the speeches made by some persons in some parts of the country issuing quit notice to a tribe or threatening carnage if not allowed to secede was wrong and a serious threat to the unity and development of Nigeria.
He urged those seeking secession to have a rethink, adding that every Nigerian has the legitimate right to live in peace and flourish in any part of the country they so desired, therefore no one has any right to give any ultimatum to any peace loving Nigerian irrespective of their background.
“The federal government and all state governments must step up their critical roles in ensuring that Nigeria remains united and its people live in peace wherever they choose as their place of abode. They must act against hate speech makers to protect our indivisibility.
“We are better together than divided. As the paramount ruler of Doma, all nigerians irrespective of their tribes or religion living in Doma should have no fear at all. Every nigerian living in Doma is as protected as the indigenes. All they need to do is live their lives in peace,” He said.
Also speaking to newsmen, the Turaki of Lafia Alhaji Abubakar Sandaji, who is a Foremost politician and Chairman, Association of Licence Independent Petroleum Marketers in Nasarawa state has urged the federal government to do all it can to prevent any future strike action in the sector.
Sandaji whose association is the official subsidiary of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) in the state called on the federal government to work harder to satisfy the yearnings of Nigerians so that divisive statements will be a thing of the past.
“Agitations come when there is no good governance. When there is good governance, agitations for secession, hate speeches and so on will not come into play. I urge all level of governments in the country to improve their performances and satisfy the yearnings of Nigerians,” he said.
He added “If these people are not handled properly, the effect of what they are doing will be worse than Boko Haram, the Niger Delta crisis. It will engulf the whole nation. Our governments must put in place proactive measures to effectively prevent law and order in any part of Nigeria”.