Senate cautions religious, political leaders against hate speech

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja


The Nigerian Senate has urged religious and political leaders to caution their followers against hate speeches capable of causing violence in the country, following the reported killing of seven persons during Monday violence between Kadara and Hausa youths at Kasuwan Magani town in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State.

Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu gave the advice while presiding over Tuesday’s plenary, following a point of order 43 under matter of urgent national importance raised by Senator Shehu Sani on the Kaduna violence.

Senator Ekweremadu, who commiserated with the Kaduna State government and families of victims, expressed concern over the alleged religious coloration of the violence.

He particularly urged religious leaders to always preach about love, peace and unity of the country among their followers, pointing out that nothing instigated and escalated crisis more than inflammatory utterances.

“It is the duty of our leaders, both religious and political ones to preach to our people that we are one with one destiny and one God that we all serve. “I am not aware of any religion that preaches killings. There is no religion like that. We should try as much as possible not to encourage religious violence in the country”, he advised.

Meanwhile, the Governor of Kaduna state, Malam Nasir el-Rufai has directed the prosecution of all persons responsible for the mayhem, insisting that the security agencies must investigate the incident, arrest and make the perpetrators available for prosecution.

The governor, according to a statement by his spokesman, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, gave the directive shortly after receiving preliminary report of the mayhem.

He explained that the government condemns the violence, and regrets the wanton loss of lives. He further disclosed that the government has expressed its sympathy to the victims and their families.

Governor El-Rufai said the government has directed the State Emergency Management Agency to take inventory of damages and provide relief materials with immediate effect.



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