Babangida Tasks Nigerians On Hate Speech As Buhari Salutes Ex-President At 81
The former military head of state, Ibrahim Babangida, has called on Nigerians to navigate clear of hate speech and other acts capable of causing conflict in the country.
Babangida also advised citizens to ignore unpatriotic politicians and individuals whose stock in trade is disrupting the peace of the nation. He said this is important as campaigns for the 2023 general elections draw closer.
Babangida, while speaking to journalists at his Minna residence, said Nigerians should not give up hope on challenges bedeviling the country, noting: “This too shall pass.”
He said: “I plead with us to be patient with one another and be prayerful for God’s intervention in our socio-economic and political activities.
“We need to continue to sensitize people on how to live in peace and harmony for peace, progress, and for continued existence as a nation.”
He added: “If the media and journalists ignore the spreaders of hate, they will not have a platform to pass their messages across. You are doing enough to promote the unity of the country. You can change the psyche of Nigerians. I implore you to ignore those that preach hate and disunity. Ignore them and don’t bother about them.”
Meanwhile, in a congratulatory message, President Muhammadu Buhari joined family, friends, and associates of the former leader in celebrating another year.
Buhari, who was ousted in a military coup led by Babangida in August 1985, noted the historical role of the former military president in shaping the political and economic development of the country and his counsel to upcoming political leaders.
He also prayed for longer life, good health, and strength for the octogenarian.