President Muhammadu Buhari has instructed law enforcement agencies in Nigeria to fish out citizens who make inciting statements and bring them to book.
The President, who made this comment at the 24th convocation ceremony of the University of Uyo on Saturday, warned Nigerian elites to stop misleading the people through their unguarded utterances.
Represented at the ceremony by the Director of Corporate Communications, National Universities Commission, Ibrahim Yakasai, the President stressed that development and progress could not thrive in a hate-filled and divisive society.
Buhari said the Federal Government would not condone or tolerate incendiary remarks capable of causing fear and spread hatred among the people, from any person or group of persons.
The President said universities, as a home of great thinkers, should give guidance to the communities to enable the people to make informed decisions as the nation approach the 2019 general election.
Buhari said that the government would continue to do its best to ensure the security of lives and property in the country.
His words, “At this point, I want to be very clear and equivocal, that the Federal Government will never condone or tolerate incendiary remarks from any person or group of persons, which are meant to harass, intimidate, cause fear and spread hate, no matter how highly placed such a person is.
“Law enforcement agencies should fish out people who make inciting statements, instigate civil disobedience, broadcast hate speeches or stir strife, riot and rebellion and bring them to book.
“We should continue to live together as brothers and sisters.”