By Hamza Ibrahim Chinade.
The Curbing Hate and Dangerous Speech in Nigeria Project team of the Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has paid an advocacy to Alhaji Rabiu Yusuf, the Commissioner of Nigeria Police Force, Kano state command. The team was led by Isah Garba, Senior Programmes Officer (Peace and Conflict) and coordinator of the project. Briefing the commissioner, Isah Garba explained that hate speech has become rampant especially on social media and that remains a serious threat to peaceful coexistence of a multicultural and religious country like Nigeria, hence the need for intervention like the one put in place by CITAD i.e “Monitoring and Countering Hate and Dangerous Speech” to mitigate threats and sensitize social and traditional media users on the dangers of making hate speech. Garba urged the police to identify prominent hate speakers especially along religious and ethnic line and engage them through sensitization and other professional strategies that the command knows better in order to get them stop hate or provocative speech that may lead to violence.
Responding, the Police Commissioner commended CITAD for the project and the visit that he said will open doors of collaboration between the organization and the command, he said the police has measures of checkmating hate speeches and is using it’s public relations unit to sensitize people on violence provoking comments or utterances emphasizing the command’s readiness to partner with CITAD in that area. The commissioner received the visiting delegation in the presence of the command’s Public Relations Officer DSP Magaji Musa Majiya, Personal Assistant to the Commissioner DSP M.A Hassan and ASP Abubakar Dutsan Ma. The Commissioner was presented with publications of the Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD).