By: Mr. Jide Kol Ord

“We need love action not hate speech”

Hate speech is speech which attacks a person or group on the basis of attributes such as race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, or gender.

[1][2] In the law of some countries, hate speech is described as speech, gesture or conduct, writing, or display which is forbidden because it incites violence or prejudicial action against a protected group, or individual on the basis of their membership of the group, or because it disparages or intimidates a protected group, or individual on the basis of their membership of the group. The law may identify a protected group by certain characteristics.

[3][4][5] In some countries, hate speech is not a legal term[6] and is constitutionally protected. [7] In some countries, a victim of hate speech may seek redress under civil law, criminal law, or both. A website which uses hate speech may be called a hate site. Many of these sites contain Internet forums and news briefs that emphasize a particular viewpoint.

There has been debate over freedom of speech, hate speech and hate speech legislation.[8] Critics have argued that the term “hate speech” is used to silence critics of social policies that have been poorly implemented.

Source: Wikipedia.

What this means in our Nigerian context is Nnamdi Kanu was and is guilty of hate speech when he said openly referred to Nigeria as a zoo and suggested that his group must cut all dealings with Hausa’s and Yorubas (I genuinely love Igbos but I’ve been categorized as a zoo occupant by our supreme leader)

The gentleman that says Mr X is a fool, kill him or Mr Y is an idiot, chase him out, these are not hate speeches, until a person/group is targeted based on his/their attributes, the Arewa quit notice is the deepest form of hate speech(politics aside) because it carries some form of genocidical tendencies and an ultimatum with a call to action.

Everything is just different when it comes to the Nigerian political dictionary.

I hate hate speeches, everyone guilty of it should be arrested and penalized, we should have a counter hate speech unit, it’s a threat to free world and we as a country should have gone past this.