COMMUNIQUE OF A ONE-DAY SEMINAR ON HATE SPEECH
AND ELECTORAL VIOLENCE ORGANISED BY THE AREWA MEDIA FORUM
VENUE: AREWA HOUSE KADUNA
CHAIRMAN: HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, ALHAJI NAJEEB HUSSEIN, EMIR OF KAZAURE
LEAD PAPER: MALAM MOHAMMED IBRAHIM, OFR, mni, fnge, MakamanRingim, FORMER DG OF NTA AND FRCN.
1. DANLAMI NMODU, mni, CEO AND EDITOR IN CHIEF NEWSDIARY ONLINE
2. Dr. MAIYERI MUHAMMAD JAJERE
3. GLORIA MABEIAM BALLASON, Esq
AISHA SANI GWANDU, Ijaba Youth Empowerment Network
MALAM IBRAHIM MANUFA, Manufa Charity Foundation
1. Government should enhance massive voter education and job creation.
2. Adequate security measures should be put in place to ensure law and order are maintained especially by politicians before, during and after the political campaigns, rallies and elections.
3. Social re-orientation so that politicians should learn to accept the outcome of elections, embrace and congratulate the winner and comfort the loser.
4. There is need to develop effective policies that could address the problem of youth restiveness and unemployment.
5. Special courts should be set up to quickly deal with electoral offences.
6. The NDLEA should brace up to curb the spread of illicit drugs to youth and criminal gangs.
7. Religious and traditional institutions should respect their leadership position and remain neutral in political contests.
8. Improve funding of security agencies operations especially the police.
9. Restrictions should be imposed on the use of security votes to fund political thugs and militia who make and cause political violence.
10. There is need for politicians to evolve a culture of political contest where there is always a winner and a loser without bitterness. We are all aware that democracy does not thrive on violence.
11. The print, social and electronic media should jettison the old-fashioned policy of self- censorship, and a way should be found to control the excesses of social media.
12. Editors and other gate-keepers of news and information outlets should uphold fairness, truth and accuracy.
13. Democracy cannot thrive without a free and responsible media; it is therefore the responsibility of media practitioners to promote and protect our fragile democracy to survive.
14. It is unacceptable that Hate Speech is yet to be codified under Nigerian law. The bill making hate speech punishable now before the National Assembly should be passed without delay.
15. Nigerians must learn how to say no to incitement to violence by politicians.
Chairman, Communiqué Committee.