Group Calls For Patriotism And Selflessness To End Hate Speech in Nigeria

By Joseph Edegbo
Kaduna (Nigeria)– Nigerians have been urged to imbibe the spirit of patriotism and selflessness to avoid hate and dangerous speeches in the country.
 
The advise is contained in a communique issued at the end of a one- day Public Sensitization on Hate and Dangerous Speeches organized by the Centre for Information Technology and Development CITAD held in Kaduna, north west of the country.
The Communique also stressed the need for justice and fairness to prevail in the society, while those in authority should live exemplary lives and set good benchmarks for others to follow.
Security Agencies, the Communique recommends, should respect the rights of citizens and operate by their positive rules of engagement.
The participants affirmed that no religion preaches violence and hatred among people hence the need for clerics to strictly avoid the use of hate speeches in their preaching.
They suggested constant and synergetic collaboration among various peace stakeholders in Nigeria and the need for politicians to be seen to respect moral and societal ethics by avoiding any speech that is capable of mobilizing people to acts of violence especially, as the nation approaches the 2019 General elections.
CITAD is an NGO which raises awareness and enlighten the public on the consequences arising from hate and dangerous speeches..
Participants at the forum were drawn from the CSOs, Media, Students Union, religious leaders and traditional rulers.

Online hate speech has been identified as catalyst of conflict

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

 Worried with the havoc caused by online hate speech in the society, the PeaceTech Lab and Centre for Information and Technology Development (CITAD) recently organized 3 day workshop for Journalists and Civil Society Organizations tagged ‘PeaceTech Exchange for combating hate speech in Nigeria” held at Ventures Park Abuja.

Participants drawn from across Nigeria were taught how to use modern technology in combating hate speech online so as to have a free online hate speech society that will improve the peaceful coexistence among various segments of people in Nigeria.

Theo Dolan, Director Peacemedia and Peacetech Lab Africa said the essence of the workshop is to train participants on how to use media technology in preventing violence and building peace in Nigeria as the country is heading for 2019 general election.

He urged the participants to utilize the knowledge acquired for the betterment of the country.

Declaring the workshop open, the Chairman and CEO of Channels Television Mr. John Momoh, while commending the organizers for the foresight and expressed optimism that the workshop will go a long way in countering online hate speech in Nigeria which has been a major challenge to the country and will impact positively on the lives of young people.

Momoh also expressed dismay with the attitude of some media outfits that disseminate news and hate speech for their selfish gain without minding its consequences and urged them to refrain from using words that are capable of breaching the peace.

“We should stop using the word Fulani herdsmen in our reportage because other criminals that are not Fulani engage in cattle rustling.” He said

He said that Nigeria has been divided due to political, ethnic and religious differences instead of using religion and culture to bring people together.

Momoh stated that hate speech hurt and can destroy country and attributed the causes of conflict in the society to lack of understanding, misinterpretation and intolerance.

In his remark, Yunusa Zakari Ya’u, the Executive Director of CITAD, said participants would be train on tracking, monitoring and combating hate speech online, maintained that CITAD has been working with other partners to combat hate speech among young ones who uses social media frequently so as to disabuse their minds from using hate speech on anything capable of causing violence in Nigeria.

Ya’u  noted that the use of technology tools in combating hate become necessary following the damage hate speech has done to the country especially during previous elections, maintained that peace can only prevail in a hate speech free country .

He hoped that the participants who sue the knowledge gained so as to reduce hate speech online that has been a catalyst of conflict in the country.

Stigma and Societal Neglect Seriously Hamper Disabled People’s Lives-Associate Prof. Jibrin Isah Diso.

By Hamza Ibrahim Chinade.

As the last episode for this year, the monthly Inspiring Leadership Reflection Interactive Series (ILERIS) of the Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has featured a visually impaired Associate Prof. Jibrin Isah Diso as the guest speaker for the youths inspiring and development programme. Giving opening remarks on behalf of the Executive Director, Training Coordinator Malam Ahmad Abdullahi Yakasai observed that, inviting Ass. Prof. Diso is meant to serve two purposes, one, to inspire and challenge the participating youths to work hard in their different endeavors, and secondly to also inspire and be a role model with his rich profile to both people living with special needs and the participating normal people.

The guest speaker, Ass. Prof. Jibrin Isah Diso kick started the interaction with an elaborate background of his educational struggle and later to his career as an academician, born in 1957, he started his primary education in 1963 at a primary school in Galadanci quarters in Kano metropolis, before proceeding to secondary school, Bayero University for his undergraduate studies and United Kingdom for post graduate studies. Ass. Prof. Diso passionately narrated his successes, failures, challenges and he was able to withstand pressure and handle challenges that would have ordinarily stopped him from becoming an Associate Professor as a visually impaired person. Commenting on the experiences of people living with disability, he said “the continued stigma and societal neglect towards people living with disability is psychologically affecting them, PWDs are people that need to be cherished and supported by everyone because they also have a positive role to play in societal development”. When asked by a participant on what makes him happy, he said he feels accomplished for securing 370 job slots for people living with disability when he served as special adviser to Kano state governor on people living with disability and for convincing the then Malam Ibrahim Shakarau administration to make education free for people with special needs in the state. He responded to numerous questions and comments regarding his endeavors. The event entertained several questions and comments from the participants, it finally ended with a vote of thanks and publications presentation to the speaker by Projects Coordinator Malam Isyaku Garba. Participants at this month’s interactive lecture included staff, volunteers and interns of CITAD, members of civil society groups, students bodies, youths groups, joints association of people living with disability, lecturers from BUK, journalists, SCEEP community members from Nasarawa, Kano Municipal and Gaya local governments etc.

Stakeholders Meet to Validate Research on Gender Violence Against Women Online.

By Hamza Ibrahim Chinade.

As technology related violence against women online continues to hinder women’s desire to effectively benefit from the unlimited opportunities on the internet, the Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has with support from Association for Progressive Communication (APC) conducted a research on the theme in order to scientifically and broadly understand the underlying issues on gender based violence against women online and eventually come up with findings that will help address the worrisome situation experienced by women. Previously, CITAD has carried out a similar research to find out factors that inhibit women from making use of the internet in northern Nigeria, that research led to the publication of a book titled “Internet for Men? The Digital Marginalization of Women in Northern Nigeria”. Gender Based Violence Against Women Online is becoming rampant and negatively impacting in the way women use the internet, therefore CITAD did a study, having generated and compiled data, the organization today held a validation meeting with different stakeholders in attendance to be able to polish and enrich the data.

Welcoming participants to the validation meeting, CITAD’s Executive Director who was represented by Training Coordinator Malam Ahmad Abdullahi Yakasai said promoting development through ICT is a cardinal principle of the organization, and gender violence against women remains a challenging situation that demand the attention of stakeholders at different levels in order to free women from shackles of online violence, he advised the participants to make tangible inputs on the research and join the campaign against violence against women online. Survey, Focus Group Discussion (FGD) and Desk Top research findings were presented by Maryam Ado Haruna, Hamza Ibrahim and Salmat Abdulwaheed respectively. Many concerns were raised by the participants and appeals made to different stakeholders, a participant Anas Ibrahim Abubakar advocates for the provision of special court to deal with gender based violence against women online. A communiqué reflecting the concerns and recommendations of the participants was released at the end of the validation meeting. The meeting was attended by academics, civil society groups, students associations, International Federation of Women Lawyers, National Association of Women Journalists, Kano state HISBAH Board, religious leaders, secondary school teachers, journalists and other women and youths groups.

People Sensitized on Hate and Dangerous Speech in Bayelsa.

By Hamza Ibrahim Chinade.

In her quest to curb Hate and Dangerous Speech both online and offline, the Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) under it’s MacArthur Foundation’s supported project on monitoring and countering Hate and Dangerous Speech in Nigeria has embarked on public sensitization in different parts of the country with a view to educating people on the concept as well as equipping them with available mechanisms to join the crusade against Hate Speech. With growing number of Nigerians on social media and the continuous dissemination of Hate Speech and rumour on social networking sites, CITAD finds it useful to enlighten the public on Hate Speech and encourage them to avoid it for societal peace, unity and progress. Today’s public sensitization in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state is coming two days after similar sensitization has taken place in Owerri, Imo state. The public sensitization focused on making the participants to understand in clear terms what Hate Speech is, what it can cause, how it can be identified, how to avoid and counter it, how to report it especially on the platforms they are made and many other issues around it. Commenting at a general discussion session, some participants expressed concerns on Hate Speech on social media and called on stakeholders at different levels to wake up to their responsibility and salvage the threatened unity and peaceful coexistence among people of different religions and tribes, a participant, Pastor Wisdom Akinyosoye promised to take the campaign to his pulpit in order to get more people sensitized on Hate Speech. Participants to the sensitization included religious and traditional leaders, civil society organizations, youths groups, political parties representatives, women groups, students associations, people living with disability (PWDs), and the journalists among others.

Communiqué issued at the end of Public Sensitization on Hate and Dangerous Speech organized by Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) on Monday 18th December, 2017 at City Global Hotel, OWerri, Imo State. Preamble

The Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) is implementing a project on curbing Hate and Dangerous Speech with support from MacArthur Foundation, and a component of the project includes holding public sensitization on Hate and Dangerous Speech. The public sensitization was attended by civil society groups, political party representatives, women groups, youths organizations, traditional and religious leaders and the media among others. The sensitization at the end of extensive deliberations came up with the following communiqué;
A. CAUSES OF HATE SPEECH AND ITS DRIVERS

  1. Ethnic and group stereotyping
    2. Hateful and unguarded original speeches emanating from government quarters
    3. Increasing level of poverty
    4. Dissatisfaction of the citizenry with poor governance and maladministration
    5. Perceived marginalization
    6. Elite contest for position
    7. Shielding of corrupt leaders against trials and prosecution
    8. Unhealthy attitude to elections
  2. To curb Hate and Dangerous Speeches, the following recommendations were made:
    1. Promotion of nationalistic orientation as against ethnicity as a national norm.
    2. Strengthening national integration, reconciliation and peace building processes
    3. Bolstering the nation’s information and National reorientation departments to foster unity and peace
    4. Integration of civic and peace education as a compulsory subject at all levels of education
    5. Expunge federal character and quota system from the nation’s selection process
    6. Promotion of meritocracy as against ethnicity
    7. Provision of medium for genuine conversation towards promoting true national reconciliation
    8. Active mobilization for citizens participation in peace and consensus building
    9. Government should review media regulatory laws to curb Hate Speech
    10. Establishment of unity clubs in all levels of education to inculcate discipline in our young ones.
    11. Media should join the campaign against hate speech by providing space to counter hate and dangerous speech.
    12. Civil society organizations should facilitate ethnic and interfaith dialogue
    13. Media should refrain from providing space for the promotion of hate speech on their various media platform
    14. Government should enthrone good governance as a means to curb feelings of disaffection and marginalization among the citizenry to address social exclusion and economic imbalances
    15. Religious leaders should refrain from using inciting language and caution their fellows from doing same.
    This communiqué was read and agreed by all the participants and signed by:
    Ugory Chibuikem Kelvin-State Secretary, National Youth Council of Nigeria. (N.Y.C.N)
    Dr. Okafor, Ikechukwu Stanley – Imo Good Governance Advocates (IGGA)
    Ms. Udeh Anita. Program Officer, Citizens Center for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR)

 

CITAD Takes Public Sensitization on Hate and Dangerous Speech to South East.

By Hamza Ibrahim Chinade.
Apart from monitoring and countering Hate and Dangerous Speeches both online and offline, Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) also sensitize the public on the same concept, it is in continuation of the public enlightenment that CITAD with support from MacArthur Foundation today held a public sensitization on Hate and Dangerous Speech in Owerri, the capital of Imo state. The center has not long ago organized the sensitization in Akwa Ibom state.

Giving opening remarks at the beginning of the sensitization lecture, the project’s coordinator and Senior Programmes Officer Isah Garba gave a background of the project, it’s other components and the role individual members of the society can play in getting rid of Hate and Dangerous Speech, he advised the participants to give with interest, join the campaign against Hate and Dangerous Speech as well educate others about so that according to him societal peace and harmony will reign.
Four sessions were facilitated by different resource persons, the sessions included: Understanding Dangerous Speech, Trends in Hate Speech, Strategies for Countering Hate Speech and Reporting Online Hate Speakers. The presentations have given elaborate explanation on many concepts. Contributing during general discussion session, many participants regretted the effects Hate Speech has especially on different tribal and religious followers, “hate speech is widening hatred along religious lines and is polarizing people along tribal lines”, a participants said. Some of the issues the participants want addressed in order to curb Hate Speech included addressing social inequality and economic imbalances, sensitizing corp members on Hate Speech at their different orientation camps, introducing subjects that promoting national unity in schools and encouraging the students and youths on avoiding Hate Speech. Concerns, observations and recommendations to different stakeholders on the curbing Hate and Dangerous Speech are contained in the communiqué issued at the end of the sensitization. The event was attended by civil society groups, political party representatives, students, women groups, youths organizations, traditional and religious leaders and the media among others. Giving a vote of thanks on behalf of the participants, Prince Chimezie Okoro thanked CITAD for holding the event and appreciated the religious and traditional leaders present at the lecture and advised all the participants to take the sensitization to their various communities.

CITAD Holds Hate Speech Sensitization Workshop in Uyo.

By Hamza Ibrahim Chinade.
The Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has today held a sensitization workshop on Hate and Dangerous Speech for members of civil society groups, youths groups, religious and traditional leaders, media, women groups and students associations in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state. CITAD is presently implementing a “Curbing Hate Speech in Nigeria Project” that is supported by MacArthur Foundation, the project involves monitoring, countering and sensitizing people on Hate and Dangerous Speech, similar sensitization workshops have taken place in Katsina, Enugu, Lagos, Bauchi and many other places. Toady’s workshop sensitized the participants on many concepts around the theme “Sensitizing People on Hate and Dangerous Speech” which included Understanding Hate and Dangerous Speech, Strategies for Countering and Reporting Hate and Dangerous Speech, etc

Technology Training on Combating Hate Speech Online Commenced in Abuja.

By Hamza Ibrahim Chinade. 
The Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) with support from PeaceTech Lab has commenced a technology training for civil society organizations working in the area of Hate Speech and Peace Building. The training scheduled to last for three days is aimed at equipping the participants with technology tools that can be used to combat hate speech online and champion the cause of peace. The participants will receive hands-on training on technology tools and skills of combating hate speech online from the carefully selected trainers. Day one of the training focused on which tech tools are effective in addressing hate speech online as well as how they are used, different breakout sessions were also facilitated by the trainers around the theme of the workshop

Communiqué Issued at the end of “Youths in Peace Building” Conference organized by Center for Information Technology (CITAD) in Bauchi between 15th and 16th November, 2017. Preamble

The Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) with support from MacArthur Foundation and Presidential Committee on North East Initiative (PCNI) organized a two days Youths in Peace Building Conference in Bauchi between 15th and 16th November 2017. The conference which took place at Chartwell Hotels and Suites Bauchi brought youths working in the area of peace from different organizations and places, the conference also featured the experience sharing of people living with disability from different conflicts so as to serve as lessons. Thirteen paper presentations were entertained from youth groups and civil society organizations working in the area of peace consolidation.
The conference noted the following concerns:
Ø Politicization of religion to achieve political interests which poses threat to peace and the targets are mostly youths.
Ø Sexual harassment of women and girls in the internally displaced camps is on the rise.
Ø Most youths are interested in the financial benefit they may gain from their engagement with CSOs not the impact of their contribution to the society.
Ø Media houses make money allowing hate contents as such they find it difficult to resist temptation to stop them.
Ø Most peace projects are funded by foreign NGOs as such they lack sustainability in the event that the donors withdraw funding.
Ø Lack of parental care breeds thugs and touts who are thrown to the streets and pose threat to peace.
Ø Recruitment of youths into extremist ideology and insurgency seems easy.
Ø Different religious sects only have regard for what scholars from their sects believed and told them.
We therefore recommend that:
The government:
Ø Should provide durable solutions to youths’ problem through skills acquisition and promotion of entrepreneurship in order to change the mindset of the youths from something else to peace.
Ø Should coordinate and support local and non state security actors
Ø Strengthen youths engagement in decision making processes especially in peace building
CSOs:
Ø Should consider forwarding the resolutions of the conference to the relevant stakeholders.
Ø Should encourage volunteerism in peace building.
Ø Should engage in social media campaign against Hate Speech and violent extremism
Ø Should encourage local CBOs capacity on local fundraising to support local initiatives
Ø Strengthen youth peace networks to enhance experience and information sharing.
Ø Sensitize youth on the need to be more patriotic
Ø Equip youths with skills on entrepreneurship and peace building through deliberate efforts.
Ø The conference should be stepped down to relevant stakeholders at the grass root level.
Ø Involve more young people and youth-led organizations in peace building.
Ø Rehabilitate and integrate youths involved in conflict.
Religious and community leaders
Ø Should encourage inter-tribal marriages and religious tolerance to promote peace and unity.
Signed:
Isah Garba
Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD)
Pwakim Jacob
Youths Initiative Against Violence & Human Rights
Fatima Balarabe
Bayero University Students for Peace (BUK S4P)
Blessing Gabriel Kabo
Federal Polytechnic Damaturu Students for Peace
Dauda Mohammed Gombe
North East Youths Initiative Forum (NEYIF)

CITAD Hosts People with Special Needs to Mark International Day of People Living with Disability.

By Hamza Ibrahim Chinade.
The Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has marked the 2017 International Day of People Living with Disability with a series of activities to highlight their plight. It could be recalled that the center has been implementing an ActionAid International Nigeria supported project “Strengthening Civic Engagement in Electoral Process (SCEEP)” which aims to engage and build capacity of youths, women and people living with disability in electoral and governance process. CITAD’s activities lined up for the 2017 people living with ability day started with a radio programme where the PWDs were hosted to a one hour live programme on radio to air their concerns in order to seek redress. The people hosted on the radio programme included a visually impaired, crippled and a woman albino.

After the radio programme, CITAD organized a public lecture where people living with disabilities of different categories attended and papers presented. The first paper titled “Digital Inclusion of People Living with Disability” was presented by a visually impaired person, Malam Abdulkarim Ibrahim, a teacher at a special education school in Tudun Maliki in Kano metropolis, he emphasized the need to connect PWDs with technology in order to ease their quest for education and urged the government and society support PWDs to be self reliant. The second paper and the theme for this year “Transformation Towards Sustainable and Resilient Society for All” was presented by another visually impaired person, Prof. Jibrin Diso of Special Education Department, Bayero University Kano.
In their separate remarks, Malam Ahmad Abdullahi Yakasai, Malam Isyaku Garba, Malam Nura Sani Yakasai, Malam Abdullahi Nashe and Alhaji Lawan Ibrahim all solicited governmental and societal support towards eradicating the suffering of people living with disability.
The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
Building on many decades of UN’s work in the field of disability, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted in 2006, has further advanced the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other international development frameworks, such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, the New Urban Agenda, and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development. The theme for the 2017 people living with disabilities day celebration is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”.

CITAD and Fantsuam Foundation Request to Pilot TV White Spaces to Provide Internet Access to Rural Communities.

By Hamza Ibrahim Chinade.
The Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) in collaboration with Fantsuam Foundation has presented a request to the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) seeking to undertake a pilot of the abundant Television White Spaces in order to provide affordable broadband in the under-served communities in Nigeria. The request was presented by Y.Z Ya’u and John Dada highlighted the unlimited benefits and advantages of the TV White Spaces especially in helping to provide internet connection to particularly rural communities efficiently and at low cost, a situation that will promote internet access for development. TV White Space is the unused spectrum in the UHF television bands and is in the 600 MHz frequency range and enables wireless signals to travel over hills and through buildings and trees. By providing internet access using unlicensed spectrum (TVWS) and inexpensive wireless equipment, youths can access e-Learning government programmes,without having to go the cities. Receiving the request, NCC Kano Zonal Director Malam Adamu Amshi assured the two organizations NCC’s support to the initiative and promised to look at and forward to the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta for consideration.

Things Can Be Difficult But They Are Not Necessarily Impossible-Prof. Jega

By Hamza Ibrahim Chinade.

The Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has for over a year been holding a youths mentorship programme titled “Inspiring Leadership Reflection Interactive Series (ILERIS) where people that have remarkable achievements in their different endeavors and professions are invited to share their experience with the participating youths so that the youths draw inspiration and direction from the struggle of the invited resource persons. It could be recalled that previously the programme has featured Chairman of Daily Trust newspaper, Malam Kabiru Yusuf, Director General of Progressive Governors Forum, Malam Salihu Lukman, Commissioner of Agriculture in Kano state, Hon. Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna and many others. This month, ILERIS hosts the immediate past Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Attahiru Muhammad Jega, OFR.

In his opening remarks, the Executive Director of the organization, Malam Y.Z Ya’u said the composition of the participants for the youths development programme centers around the staff of the organization who are mostly below thirty five years, members of Peace Clubs and Students for Peace in tertiary institutions across Kano state, other youths groups and organizations as well as members of the civil society in Kano. Emphasizing the relevance of the monthly lecture and the need for the participants to learn from the experience of the guest speaker, Ya’u said “we think that we want to change the mentality, people these days think about the best cars in town, the best house in town, but we think that the best ideas are things that we should exploit”.
The guest speaker, Prof. Attahiru Muhammad Jega began his interaction with the participants with a logical and insightful narrative of his life history, where he was born, schools he attended and positions he held before comprehensively dwelling on his struggle in the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) from late 1980s to mid 1990s. While in ASUU, Prof. Jega strived hard to prevent the university system from total collapse amidst pressure and even threat from the then military regime. Hard work and determination pay as Jega is now happy to recall that in 1992 the military government realized that what ASUU was demanding was the right thing and therefore negotiated agreement with ASUU to revive the university system and it was under that agreement that the Tertiary Education Tax Fund was established, now known as TETFUND.

Recalling his days in ASUU, Jega admitted that he has learned a lot from the struggle, “ideas are important and nobody has monopoly of ideas, and it is the superiority of the ideas that are important, it’s important for discussions, it’s important for debate, it’s important for dialogue and at the end of it the best idea should be looked for and then utilized” said Jega. Cautioning the participants on the proper utilization of ideas, the guest speaker maintained that ideas may turn out to be useless if they are not put to good use, “don’t waste ideas, generate them and put to good use” he added. The monthly lecture series was full of good quotes and phrases that the participants really find interesting, advising the youths, Prof. Jega emphasized that networking is very important, and you start networking from the student days, it’s not too late to start networking but the earlier the better, “we have been very active in students union movements, we have been very active in building what we called bridges across the Niger, and whatever success we had in ASUU it’s because we were able to build a pan-Nigerian alliance where people accepted ideas of bringing positive changes to the university system and provided support in terms of how we could resolutely push those ideas.
Solidifying enthusiasm and zeal in the youths to realize their potentials through commitment, hard work, determination and resolve, Prof. Jega threw another quote “things can be difficult but they are not necessarily impossible”, he extensively explained what the quote entails with examples as the participating youths keep applauding him. The last segment of the monthly Inspiring Leadership Reflection Interactive Series (ILERIS) was comments and questions session after which publications of the organization was presented to the guest by Projects Coordinator Malam Isyaku Garba and vote of thanks was offered by Senior Programmes Officer Malma Isa Garba.

CITAD to women: Protect yourselves from pornography

By Bashir Mohammed
Kano

Executive Director, Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), Dr. Yunusa Zakari Yau has called on women to protect themselves from online violence through engagement in decent activities.
Speaking at a one day sensitisation forum organised by CITAD held at Mambayya House in Kano yesterday, Yau said the attitude of using internet to promote nudity, exposes the women to serious abuse in the hands of men who take pleasure in all forms of pornography.
According to him, CITAD had conducted extensive survey on the level of women access to internet and reached the conclusion that men always take advantage of the women through internet sources.
Yau, who was represented by a senior programme officer of the centre, Malam Ahamad Abdullahi Yakasai, however, stated that exposing women to the nitty gritty of internet usage would widen their scope of knowledge and understanding, especially in the academia and stressed that a women could only be disgraced and harassed on the internet once she agrees to expose her feminist treasure.
Speaking in the same vein, an official of the Kano state Hisbah Board, Malam Muhammad Auwal Garba, stressed the need for women to embrace the teachings of Islamic laws particularly in the area of on how to protect their dignity, adding that the glorious Qu’ran had ordained every Muslim to behave in a decent and responsible manner.
According to him, exposing women’s nudity on the website was forbidden in Islam and that a Muslim woman has no cogent reason to flout the laws guiding the conduct of a woman’s dress code, affirming that the advent of modern innovation such as the internet do not preclude one from imbibing the spirit of decency under whatever pretext.

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Kungiyoyin da ke fafutikar kare hakkin jinsi na kallon lamarin a matsayin wani nau’i na tauye ‘yancin mata, wanda ke bukatar mahukunta su dauki matakan yaki da shi.

Wannan lamari ne ya sa Cibiyar Sasahar Sadarwa da ci gaban al’umma da ke Kano ta shirya wani taro don nazarin rahoton tare da duba hanyoyin magance matsalar.

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Ibrahim Isa ya tattauna da Mallam Muhammad Awwal Garba daga hukumar Hisbah ta jihar Kano da Maryam Ado Haruna, jami’a a wannan cibiya ta fasahar sadarwa da aka fi sani da CITAD, inda suka yi masa bayanin yadda girman matsalar take.