The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has appealed to traditional rulers to support the government in promoting peace and unity across the country, amid rising cases of incendiarystatements and hate speeches capable of tearing the nation apart.
The Minister, who made the remarks in Abuja on Friday when he received the Olowo of Owo, Oba Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi III, on a courtesy visit to his office, said the phenomenon of fake news, disinformation and misinformation must also be checked to guard against any attemptto undermine the unity of the country.“Hate speeches are being spewed out daily, with reckless abandon. Mostpeople have forgotten how hate speeches helped to trigger genocide inRwanda in 1994, killing about 800,000 people.“When the hate speech phenomenon is added to the growing problem offake news, disinformation and misinformation, we have a mostincendiary mix that could undermine the unity, peace and security ofany country.“This is why I want to use the opportunity of this visit of His RoyalHighness, the Olowo of Owo, Oba Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi III, toappeal to our traditional institutions across the country to interveneurgently to douse the tension enveloping the land,” he said.Alhaji Mohammed said the traditional rulers have a huge role to playin keeping the country safe and keeping the people united, adding:”They have always played this role, but we need them now more thanever.”He also appealed to the media to always exercise a great deal ofrestraint in their reporting, so as not to aggravate the tensioncaused by the divisive tendencies, including hate speech.“As I have always said, it is because we have a peaceful country thatprofessionals, including journalists, can carry out their dailychores. It is therefore imperative for us all to be part ofgovernment’s efforts to make our country secure and peaceful and keepour people united,” the Minister said.He described Oba Olateru-Olagbegi III as an epitome of humility andsimplicity, and promised to do everything within his power to bring tofruition the project to turn the Olowo’s Palace into a nationalmonument, in appreciation of the historic contributions of the Olowoto the country’s development.In his remarks, Oba Olateru-Olagbegi III said he is visiting theFederal Capital Territory for the first time under thisadministration, with a view to familiarizing himself with theleadership of the country, especially the Minister of Information andCulture, who is in charge of the nation’s cultural heritage.
Minister Appeals To Traditional Rulers To Support FG in Promoting Peace