The Federal Government has stated extremists are tugging on the core of the nation’s unity. The authorities listed areas the place the extremists are tugging on the nation’s unity to incorporate the spheres of politics, ethnicity or faith.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said this on the 2019 Annual Lecture of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) titled : “Extremism: A threat to national unity.”
The minister who stated subject couldn’t have come at a greater time, stated: “Whether in the area of politics, ethnicity or religion, extremists are tugging at the very core of our national unity. The tell-tale signs of extremism are all too glaring around us, whether it is the secessionist agitations, growing ethnic nationalism, religious extremism or even banditry and insurgency.”
Mohammed stated the scenario was so dire when the administration got here in for a second time period that the Ministry of Information and Culture determined its first city corridor assembly will probably be dedicated to the problem of nationwide unity.
He listed the instruments utilized by extremists to propagate their concepts to incorporate propaganda, pretend information and hate speech.
“That explains why since 2017, we have been campaigning against fake news and hate speech. We launched the campaign on fake news and hate Speech, and we have recently upped the ante by moving ahead to inject sanity into our broadcast industry. The power of radio and television, including their wide reach, means that we should not allow extremists to turn these powerful media platforms into catalyst for conflict,” Mohammed stated.
Mohammed stated since saying the plan to sanitize each broadcast and social media, there have been blended reactions from Nigerians, however that accountable and moral journalists, and all patriots don’t have anything to worry.
“Only anarchists and non-patriots, the purveyors of faux information and hate speech, want to fret. This administration has no intention to gag the media or stifle free speech, however it additionally received’t sit by and permit hate speech to turn into free speech.
“No accountable authorities will sit by and permit pretend information and hate speech to dominate its media house due to the capability of this menace to use our nationwide fault traces to hazard our nationwide unity.
“So, whereas we welcome the assist of most Nigerians who’ve reached out to us on the necessity to clear up the air waves and the social media, we additionally notice the criticism of those that oppose our efforts.
“Make no mistake, we are committed to ensuring a responsible and ethical use of our air waves and the social media,” Mohammed stated.