Beyond Buhari’s independence speech

October 6, 2021 Blueprint 0

President Muhammadu Buhari’s avowal that his administration is ready to arrest and prosecute all persons inciting violence through words or actions underscores the president’s determination to restore peace and orderliness to the country. The president was apparently referring to the separatist agitations by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by its embattled leader Nnamdi Kanu and the Yoruba Read More

FFK recants, ‘repents’

September 23, 2021 Victoria Ngozi Ikeano 0

Nigerians have been scratching their heads to find a convincing reason why former aviation minister, scion of the high brow Chief Remilekun Fani-Kayode a.k.a Fanny Power of the famed Western Nigeria, would make a 360 degrees turn around and literally eat his vomit by defecting to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). He has for many years ‘murdered’ by word Read More

Call for elimination: Ohanaeze demands apology from Sen. Bulkachuwa

September 6, 2021 Chuks Nweze 0

Peeved by the statement attributed to Senator Adamu Bulkachuwa from Bauchi state to the effect that rather than give Ndigbo opportunity to produce president come 2023, they should be eliminated from the face of the earth, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has asked the senator to apologise to Ndigbo. Bulkachuwa, who is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and husband Read More

Fake news, hate speeches, weapons for Nigerian politicians

August 8, 2021 Abdulmumin Kolo Gulani 0

Whenever we dwell on how hate speeches and fake news affect our democracy we must also look at how improper journalism is being practiced in Nigeria. Journalism is said to be the production and distribution of reports on current events based on facts and supported with proof or evidence. Unfortunately, the system in Nigeria is quite different as some media Read More

Much Ado about Nigerian Press Council Bill

July 9, 2021 Blueprint 0

The proposed Amendment of the Nigerian Press Council (NPC) by the National Assembly is facing stiff opposition from media stakeholders. BENJAMIN SAMSON in this report examines the controversy trailing the bill. The Nigerian Press Council (NPC) Amendment Bill is sponsored by the member representing Ogo Oluwa/Surulere constituency in Oyo state, Olusegun Odebunmi. Odebunmi is also the chairman of the House Read More

Twitter ban, in Nigeria’s or other nation’s interest?

 ‘…Ban in nation’s interest, not to stifle free speech’ …Govt has duty to protect the country’s sovereignty – BMO …It’s lawful, legal, moral – Expert …Proscription draconian, unacceptable – NASS minority caucus … Twitter founder ‘funded’ #EndSARS protests – FG  For almost a week now, the proscription of Twitter, one of the highly accessed social media platforms by the federal government, Read More

PDP lacks credentials to govern Nigeria again- APC

April 15, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lacks the needed credentials that it takes to be considered as a governance option. Reacting to PDP statement that APC led administration “misrule” was responsible for Twitter’s decision to cite its African operations in Ghana, the Secretary of the Caretaker Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) Read More

Presidential faux pas, agents provocateur, peacemakers

January 27, 2021 Victoria Ngozi Ikeano 0

Without exception we all wished one another a happy new year, ‘Wishing you 12 months 52 weeks 365 days of success and joy’ reverberated throughout the land in exultation and expectation that 2021 will be better than last year, filled with happy memories, at least. But alas even before the ink with which we wrote those cheerful words had dried Read More

No intention to shut down social media –FG

November 2, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The federal government  has said it has no intention of shutting down the social media. Rather,  the government said, it plans to regulate social media to be responsible and refrain from being purveyor of fake news and hate speech.  Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed made the clarification  Saturday in Lagos when he inspected the headquarters of The Nation newspaper and TV Continental (TVC) Read More

Obasanjo: Youth group warns elder statesmen against divisive utterances

September 16, 2020 John Oba 0

The Nigeria Youth Organisation (NYO) has called on elder statesmen in Nigeria to be mindful of making statements that could divide the country on ethnic or religious lines. Secretary general of the group, Comrade Duke Alamboye, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja said present and past leaders of the country should give the youth hope for a better Nigeria. Read More

Why Banky W must pay NBC’s N5m for hate speech – Coalition

September 6, 2020 Baba Yusuf 0

A group, Coalition of Northern Civil Societies Groups Organisations, has urged the Presidency via the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to checkmate media houses particularly online media over hate speech. The Coalition, in a statement jointly signed by the president of Coalition of Northern Nigeria Youths (CNNY), Ambassador Auwalu Muhammad Majiri, and Abdukadri Shauibu for Competent Governance for Accountability and Civic Read More

Why we increased hate speech fine to N5m – FG

August 7, 2020 Editorial III 0

The federal government has stated that it increased the fine for hate speech from N500, 000 to N5 million in the amended National Broadcasting Code to deter people “who are willingly violating the provision to destabilise the country.” The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this on Friday when he featured on a TVC live Programme, This Read More

Breaking: FG jerks up hate speech fine

August 4, 2020 Editor 0

The fine for hate speech in Nigeria has been increased from N500,000 to N5 million. Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, who disclosed this in Lagos on Tuesday while unveiling the Reviewed Broadcasting Code said the increase came into effect after President Muhammadu Buhari approved recommendations to reposition the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC). A statement by the Federal Ministry of Information Read More

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Group cautions Nigerians on hate speech

June 12, 2020 Samson Benjamin 0

A inter-governmental organisation, Alumni Fellows of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), has cautioned politicians and other interest groups on exploiting the country’s diverse ethnic and religious identities to perpetrate hate speech.  The group stated this at the end of their social media campaign against hate speech in Abuja on Monday, to checkmate the Read More

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Hate Speech: KAICIID holds dialogue with religious leaders, bloggers, others

March 16, 2020 Editorial III 0

Worried about the spread of hate speech on social media, the king Abdullah Bin Abdullaziz Centre for Inter-religious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) Nigeria Fellows has launched a campaign against hate speech on the social media. According to a statement made available to Blueprint by KAICIID Media Focal Point Stella Francis in Abuja Monday, the centre held a roundtable dialogue in Read More

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Impact of undesirable political utterances …Umahi, Mbaka, Kanu as reference points

January 20, 2020 Editorial III 0

In this article, AMARACHUKWU EGWUAGHA in Abakaliki analyses the consequences of Governor David Umahi’s alleged confession of dual party membership, Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka’s prophecies and Nnamdi Kanu’s undesirable utterances, saying that such is capable of having negative impact on the society. Most times people make utterances without knowing the consequences on both the well to do in the society Read More

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‘Adeyanju supported social media regulation in 2014’

January 11, 2020 Editorial III 0

Indications have emerged that Leader of the Concerned Nigeria group supported social media regulation in the last dispensation. Adejanju, who has been championing opposition against the move by the President Muhammdu Buhari-led government to regulate the use of the social media. Reacting to the statement by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed that the government would not go Read More

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How Deji Adeyanju supported social media regulation

January 10, 2020 Editorial III 0

Indications have emerged that Leader of the Concerned Nigeria group supported social media regulation in the last dispensation. Adejanju, who has been championing opposition against  the move by the President Muhammdu Buhari-led government to regulate the use of the social media in the country. Reacting to the statement by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, that the government Read More

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‘Death for hate speech’ bill: My stand

December 21, 2019 Editorial III 0

There can be no gainsaying the highly destructive effects of a well-told lie, let alone hate speech. Examples abound all over the world of how easy it is to incite a mob into resorting to jungle justice but how virtually impossible it becomes to control the genie after he’s been let out of the bottle. The horrendous pogrom against the Read More

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Social Media Bill: Senate under fire

December 9, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Criticism went towards the Senate of the federal republic of Nigeria Monday in Abuja by participants at the Social Media Summit.The attacks launched at the Senate at the summit which held in the Auditorium of the Nigerian Airforce dwelled on the Bill prohibiting hate speech sponsored by Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi ( APC Niger North ) , proposing death penalty Read More

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Why Nigeria needs hate speech bill – Mumuni

December 4, 2019 Editorial III 0

A chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos, Ambassador Abayomi Nurain Mumuni, Tuesday said Nigeria needs hate speech bill to curtail provocative utterances and spread of fake news in the country’s cyberspace. Mumuni in a statement made available to newsmen through his media aide, Rasheed Abubakar, declared that the hate bill became necessary considering the way most Nigerian social Read More

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We’re opposed to hate speech bill, IPI tells NASS

December 3, 2019 Editorial III 0

The International Press Institute (IPI) Nigerian chapter has restated its opposition to laws with prescription of capital punishment or any other stiff and dehumanising penalties for such abuse of the media space. Making its stand public in a press statement issued by the chairman of the IPI Nigerian chapter, Kabiru Yusuf, member, Malam Wada Maida, and secretary, Raheem Adedoyin, on Read More

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Social media regulation and free speech

December 2, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) which was proclaimed by the United Nations’ General Assembly in 1948,and adopted as the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights 1981 is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Accordingly, Nigeria as a member nation domesticated it as chapter 4 of the 1999 Constitution, Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended. Read More

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Hate Speech Bill: Why death penalty?

November 25, 2019 Editorial III 0

Africa harbours countries that have the most ethnic diversity rating in the word. On top of the list is Papua New Guinea with over a thousand ethic groups. Others are Tanzania, Uganda, Liberia, and of course, Nigeria, with over 370 ethnic groups and over half a thousand indigenous languages is not a ‘poor man’ on the list. That is how Read More