*As gender-based, herder-farmer clashes decrease
A team of monitors from the Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has captured 437 Hate and Dangerous Speeches for the months of August and September 2018.
This was disclosed during a press conference on Hate and Dangerous Speech Monitoring by Coordinator, Curbing Hate Speech and Dangerous Speech in Nigeria Project, Hamza Ibrahim at CITAD office Kano recently.
He stated that in the last two months, the monitors have captured 437 hate speeches on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter as well as blog spots and websites of conventional and online newspapers.
It could be recalled that CITAD has been leading a group of monitors to capture online Hate and Dangerous Speeches on a monthly basis.
“The available data revealed that people from all the six-geopolitical zones of the country and over 80 per cent are young people with the male being the dominant speakers. Specifically, in August 2018, 263 hate speeches were documented.
“Segregating the speech items based on a category shows 132 to be ethnic-based hate speeches, 94 religious-based, 18 election-related, 14 Biafra-agitation-related; three accesses to resources-related while two were farmer-herders-related. 157 of such hate speeches emanated from the websites of conventional and online newspapers, 91 from Facebook, 11 from blog spots four from Twitter,” he revealed.
In September, the monitors recorded 174 hate speeches, 94 of which appeared on websites of online and conventional newspapers, 76 on Facebook, and four on blog spots.
Ibrahim said the speech categories showed 111 to be ethnic-based, 39 religious-based, 12 election-related, 10 Biafa-related, one farmer-herder- related and one gender-based.
According to the data captured in August and September, CITAD had noticed a decline in hate and dangerous speeches relating to gender and farmer-herder conflict.
CITAD then appealed to the two leading political parties namely, All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as well as the other parties to caution their members against use of hate and dangerous speeches.
He appealed to media organizations to educate the youths on the importance of peace and tolerance, while religious leaders and organizations should emphasize on scriptures that promote peace, unity, and tolerance. National Orientation Agency (NOA) should also deepen its awareness creation on peace and unity.