The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, has called on politicians to avoid hate speech in their campaigns, in the build-up to the 2019 general elections so as not to create tension in the country.
Adesina spoke at a conference on Hate Speech in Abuja.
He appealed to the political class to learn from the evil that befell some countries as a result of hate speech which created tension and civil disturbances.
Specifically, the presidential spokesperson added that Nigerians must check personal utterances, especially unsubstantiated allegations capable of provoking misunderstanding among various groups and political class.
The Editor of Youth Digest magazine, the organiser of the event, Gidado Yushau Shuaib said that the event was organized to highlight the dangers of hate speech among the youth and confer award of excellence on best campus journalists who were selected from different higher institutions across the federation.
The event also honoured 20 outstanding student journalists and writers and top media executives for their contributions to campus journalism and investigative reporting in Nigeria.