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Buhari Warns: Security Will Arrest "Hate Speech" Makers

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned some Nigerian elites to stop misleading the people through what he described as their unguarded utterances.

Buhari said, “At this point, I want to be very clear and equivocal, that the Federal Government will never condone or tolerate incendiary remarks from any person or group of persons, which are meant to harass, intimidate, cause fear and spread hate, no matter how highly placed such a person is.

“Law enforcement agencies should fish out people who make inciting statements, instigate civil disobedience, broadcast hate speeches or stir strife, riot and rebellion and bring them to book.

“We should continue to live together as brothers and sisters.”

Buhari, who is the visitor to the University of Uyo, gave the warning at the 24th convocation ceremony of the institution on Saturday.

The President, who was represented by the Director of Corporate Communications, National Universities Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Yakasai, said development and progress could not thrive in a hate-filled and divisive society.

He said universities as home of great thinkers, should give guidance to the communities to enable the people to make informed decisions as the nation approached the 2019 general elections.