The Speaker of House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, has urged the media to guard against being used to spread hate speech. Dogara made the call at the inauguration of House of Representatives Press Corps Executive on Thursday in Abuja.
He said that the country was largely in crisis already, and appealed to the Fourth Estate to promote free speeches rather than hate speeches.
The speaker explained that free speeches led to debate among citizens while hate speeches bred violence.
He said that a noisy democracy was a healthy democracy and urged the media to promote debate among the people.
The legislator said that people must agree and disagree for the truth to come out and that the media should not be censored.
According to him, we are in an era where truth is scarce; when your report does not suit certain interests, it is tagged fake news; it is a challenge you must conquer.