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Hate speech mars Nigeria Muslim festivities

From EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Nigerian government has assured citizens of their safety and security ahead of key Muslim festivities.
This coming Friday and Monday have been declared public holidays to mark the Id-el-Kabir (Sacrifice Feast) celebration, which will be held on the back of ethnic tensions.
Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated Muslim faithful and urged all Nigerians to use the occasion to pray for peace, unity, prosperity and the stability of the country’s democracy.
The minister assured citizens of their safety in all parts of the country, emphasizing that security agencies had been directed to maintain the peace and protect lives and property.
He condemned the prevalence of hate speech in the country, warning the government would henceforth deal with perpetrators according to the law.
The hate messages emanate from threats by some ethnic groups against rival tribal groups to leave some parts of the country.
Dambazau emphasized the government would continue to foster peaceful coexistence, national cohesion and stability in its march towards
actualizing the full potential of Nigeria.
He wished all Nigerians a rewarding and happy Id-el-Kabir celebration.
CAJ News