Hate Speeches: APC Chairman Oyegun gives more insight into the rising problem.

- Oyegun blames the rise of hate speeches in Nigeria on PDP's loss in the 2015 presidential elections.

- Calls on Osinbajo, security agencies to take proactive measures.

- Reaffirms faith in Nigeria.

APC national chairman John Odigie-oyegun has blamed the persistent rise of hate speech and negative religious and ethnic utterances on PDP's presidential election defeat of 2015. The APC chairman used
the opportunity to call upon the Acting President and also the security agencies in the country to take more proactive steps to adress this growing problem.

He said “Every ethnic based crises of whatevernature had started with hate speech. When people within the same country frame and define one another in the manner intended to set them up for violent attack, then they are setting themselves up for a major disaster.

“The ‘merchants of hate’ don’t know or just don’t care about the consequences of the fire they are stoking in the country. But they have the experiences of other countries to learn from. Rwanda remains a classic example on our continent.

“However, even as terrible as Rwanda was, it would be nothing compared to what could happen if a huge country like Nigeria is allowed to fall into the disaster of hate-driven conflict. This is why we must all rise, regardless of our political differences and condemn these ugly and shameful acts with one voice.

“Anyone participating in an election knows that there could only be two outcomes, you win or you lose. When you lose, you prepare for the next election.

“What we have seen however is that since 2015, some politicians and political groups have carried on as if they wish the country itself to collapse just because they are no longer in power. This is tragic indeed,”‎ he said.

Odigie-Oyegun called on the Acting President to direct the security agencies to ensure that those behind these odious acts are promptly arrested and swiftly brought to justice.

“We cannot sit idle and watch a few disgruntled individuals to destroy our democracy, and God forbids, the nation that we all fought hard to achieve and build,” he concluded.

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