Senator Nyako calls on youth to desist from hate speeches, embrace peace


The senator representing Adamawa Central, Senator Abdul-Aziz Murtala Nyako has called on youths especially users of social media to shun speeches capable of provoking public unrest, and promote peace and unity in the society.
The Senator made this call at a sensitization seminar organized by the Like Minds Foundation, on Sunday, at the Weein Hall, 80 units Yola.
Like Minds Foundation is a Yola based non-profitable NGO, aimed at youth sensitization and providing humanitarian services to the people.
The main focus of the organization is providing basic needs for the vulnerable children, sick persons, internally displaced persons (IDPs), youth and women empowerment among others.
The sensitization seminar titled “Dangers attributed to hate speeches, fake news dissemination and importance of humanitarian services” was organized to mark one year anniversary of the organization.
The event featured paper presentations from religious leaders and representative of the National Orientation Agency (NOA).
The first speaker, Mallam Malami Garba who delivered his speech on the topic “Peace and Unity in religious perspectives” outlined the importance of peace and unity among people.
Mallami Garba said that it would be impossible for people to practice their religion without peace in reigning in the land.
Stressing the importance of peace and unity, the cleric said, “When Allah created Adam, the first thing he commanded him was to go and say the word of Salam (peace), to a group of angels”
“When he went and met the angels and uttered the word of Salam, they also responded same to him.
“This is to tell you that the word of peace is the first word a man uttered when he was first created by God, hence the need for every Muslim to promote peace”.
Mallam Malami also called on people irrespective of their religious affiliation, tribe and gender to come together and promote peace and unity.
“Even Hyenas eat only animals that isolate themselves from the others. Therefore, we can only progress as people, if we join hands in ensuring peace and unity, which is the bedrock for our national development” the cleric concluded.
The second resource person, who spoke on the topic, “Importance of humanitarian services”, Bishop Markus Ibrahim Anfani reminded people especially Christians that the Holy Bible said “If you don’t leave in peace, don’t ever expect to see God”.
The clergy man enjoined the good people of the state especially those who have money to engage in humanitarian activities to help better the lives of the poor.
Bishop Anfani equally condemned a situation of some men of God who subject their followers into hardship while building their own future and that of their children.
“A situation where by a pastor lives a luxury life, while his followers are dying of hunger is highly condemnable.
“Today if you invest one million naira in humanitarian activities, only God knows the number of lives you are going to touch” He added.
Bishop Anfani finally calls on Like Minds foundation to extend their tentacles to all the 21 local governments of the state in respect of their service to humanity.
The third speaker, Mr. Mike Udoku from NOA, who presented a seminar paper on the topic, “Dangers of hate speeches”, lamented the disadvantages of hate speech to the society.
“Everything about hate speech is a disadvantage” he said.
Mr. Udoku reminded his audience that hate speeches lead to war and it was behind the genocide that happened in Ruwanda some decades ago.
“The major reason behind Ruwanda genocide was hate speeches. It started by names calling among the members Hutu and their Tusti counterparts.
“The Hutus called the Tustis Cockroaches while the Tustis call them Mosquitoes. That was how it started and before you realized it escalated to a full blown war that claimed millions of lives”.
He therefore calls on the general public especially the youth who use social media to desist from any form of propagating hatred in the society.
Also present at the occasion was the general Manager, Gotel radio, his counterparts from Adamawa Broadcasting Cooperation (ABC) Yola and Fombina FM Yola, and other important dignitaries.


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