The Nigerian government will clamp down on any radio or television station that broadcasts hate speech, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said Thursday.

The directive was part of efforts to stem the growing tide of hate speech in the country, Mohammed said at the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) meeting in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

“As a matter of fact, the challenges facing the NBC have never become more daunting, considering the increasing propensity of some radio and television stations across the country to turn over their platforms to the purveyors of hate speech,” he said.

“It is the responsibility of the NBC to put these broadcast stations in check before they set the country on fire,” the minister added.

Mohammed cited the ignominious role played by a radio station in fueling the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 which led to the loss of over 800,000 lives in 100 days.

He charged the NBC not to allow the purveyors of hate speech to lead Nigeria to the path of destruction.

“If you tune into many radio stations, for example, you will be shocked by the things being said, the careless incitement to violence and the level of insensitivity to the multi-religious, multi-ethnic nature of our country,” he added. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/