Hate Speech by Okechukwu Nwafor

While the Liberian lawmakers have voted to cut down their salaries to save money for their nation, Nigerian lawmakers have voted to establish an agency to deal with hate speech. The problem with the Nigerian lawmakers is that they are misdirected and too idle to indulge in meaningful deliberations.

In the end, what the agency will struggle with is differentiating love speech from hate speech. In a nation where the uncontrollable level of loquaciousness and loudness complicate efforts to identify a hate speech, it becomes a futile venture. In a nation where it is impossible to estimate the number of hate speeches in a second, it means that the agency will have to imprison everyone in Nigeria to succeed.

Almost every speech that circulates in the Nigerian space is tinged with some ‘hateful’ coloration. Again, sometimes, in Nigeria daily excitements are enjoyed from interesting aftermaths that come from speeches perceived as ‘hate’. For example, how do you deal with the number of ‘Oloshi’ being directed at those who banned rice importation in a day?

The streets are boisterously fraught with babbles from Agberos reigning causes on each other and others, or market men and women reigning causes on whoever brought ill-fate to their market, be it government or whoever, or some drunk lads causing the ban of rice importation, name it.

Identifying what is hate about those speeches may be a challenge. They are rather involuntary expletives and uncontrollable emotional outbursts. Hate speech cannot work in a system that constantly challenges one’s psychological balance.

Hate speech cannot work in a system where the majority are hungry, because a hungry man in Nigeria uses hate speech to assuage his hunger. If a hungry man is guilty of hate speech against the system that caused him hunger, will you arrest him? Those promoting such bills should better look for a better job to do.




– By Okechukwu Nwafor

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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