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CSOs condemn Oba of Lagos over hate speech

Posted: Apr 7, 2015 at 6:51 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Joe Nwankwo, Abuja
The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room on Tuesday condemned the statement made by Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, threatening Ibos in the State who may vote against his preferred candidate in the forthcoming April 11 State-level elections.
In a statement in Abuja the groups said that the Oba’s statement offends the constitutionally guaranteed rights of every citizen to vote for candidates of their choice in elections.
“His statement also constitutes an electoral offence as it constitutes threats of violence. In addition, it constitutes hate speech likely to provoke mass crimes in violation of international human rights laws.
Situation Room called on the Oba of Lagos to immediately withdraw his statement, apologise for his hate speech and reiterate his respect for the right of all Nigerian citizens to freely and democratically express themselves in the governorship election on April 11 2015.