Carefronting Nigeria in collaboration with Peacetech Lab trained 25 participants from various Civil Society Organizations, Media, Security agencies and well meaning youths on STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION- COUNTERING HATE AND DANGEROUS SPEECH. The training was conducted on 24th January 2023.
Carefronting Nigeria in collaboration with Peacetech Lab has admonished Nigerians to shun hate speech and divisive comments ahead of the forthcoming general election. The Programme manager, Carefronting Nigeria, Tessy Gusim, made the call yesterday in Kaduna at the “Training and Workshop on Strategic Communication- Countering Hate and Dangerous Speech” of stakeholders in Kaduna State. She advised Nigerians to shun hatred and inciting statements that could lead to violence in the country. The country director, Equal Access International, Dr Maji Peterx, urged the stakeholders to create relationships instead of violence. “We expect the participants to be media literate, to also have respect for one another. We should all be cautious of what we say, how we say them and who we target with what we say because it could lead to a more devastating situation,” he added. He said hate speech poses danger to the unity and stability of the country, adding that it can lead to acts of violence and conflict which can also lead to genocide.
“Hate speech, for whatever reason, covers many forms of expression but all incite, promote or justify hatred, violence and discrimination against an individual or group of people. We should all say no to hate speech,” he said.
The need to be cautious of what we say and post on social media is paramount especially during the election period, knowing fully well that the internet never forgets, elections come and go but the relationships built or broken, impressions left in the hearts of people will remain.
One of the participants, Anita Nchat from Amina Dyslexia Centre thanked Carefronting Nigeria for the opportunity, adding that there is need to continue the process.