•Wants prompt punishment for hate speech
•Calls for continental policing of genocide-prone countries
To save the country from going the way of Rwanda in 1990s, Nigerians must deliberately avoid hate speech, Ibrahim Gambari, a professor of Political Science and International Relations told The Guardian in a recent email exchange.
Professor Gambari described hate speech as slippery slope to conflicts and wars within countries and should, therefore, be punished promptly by governments.
His comments came in response to The Guardian’s enquiry as Rwanda marked the 25th year of a genocide caused by hate-mongering that led up to tribal killings and death of millions in 1994.
The country, during the celebrations, recognised the Nigerian diplomat’s role in resolving the crisis.
Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame had, during the celebration on April 11, 2019, acknowledged Professor Gambari — who was Nigeria’s Representative on the United Nations Security Council— and two other…