Daily Trust (Abuja)

7 February 2013

Nigeria: Kaduna Muslims, Christians Demand Legislation Against Hate Speech

Abuja/Makurdi/Yenagoa/Calabar/Illorin/Owerri/Kaduna — Muslims and Christians in Kaduna State have demanded for legislation against hate speech that is capable of creating ethno-religious crises in the state.

The two religions in their hundreds yesterday marched to the Kaduna State House of Assembly under the aegis of Interfaith Mediation Centre in commemoration of the World Inter-faith Harmony Week demanding for a ban on hate speech as well as other factors responsible of fuelling ethno-religious crises in the state.

The group, comprising members of catholic cadets, boys' brigade, and aid group of Christian and Islamic faiths among others in company of some religious leaders in a peaceful procession, marched from Leventis roundabout along Ahmadu Bello Way to Lugard Hall premises.

Speaking before the legislators at the house of assembly, leader of the group Imam Mohammed N. Ashafa said problems are bound to arise while trying to maintain peace in a society where there are differences in characteristics, religions, ethnicity and attributes of the people.

Responding, deputy speaker Dogara Mato assured the group that the house will work on the proposed bills and urged the group to write formally to the house intimating it of all the details of the initiative.

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