By Abdallah el-Kurebe.
TheÂ Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD)Â has warned against the dangers of hate speech in Kanoâ€™s political space .The group cautionedÂ that somethingÂ be urgently done to guard against hate speech resulting from political bickering between supporters of different political parties in Kano state.
Addressing a Press Conference in Kano on Thursday, the Centre, through its Senior Programmes Officer, Isah Garba noted that the trend would result in dangerous tide if nothing was done about it.
â€œThis press conference is intendedÂ to draw the attention of all stakeholders on the potential dangers to the state in particular and the country in general as a result of the elite contestation for positions, bargaining for power, expression of disappointments and frustration for being sidelined.
â€œDemocracy and democratic governance can only be strong and effective if there is there strong and vibrant opposition that stimulates the party on the throne to deliver the mandate given to it by the electorate through constructive criticism and actions that can be called ombudsman work, without which the ruling party may possibly be reluctant and in effective,â€ the statement read.
CITAD observed that in spite of the nationâ€™sÂ democracyÂ ofÂ two decades,Â the key actors in the political sceneÂ were dragging the development backward through the growing inter and intra party enmity, which wasÂ posing threat to the democratic processes in the country at the advent of the 2019 general election.
The Centre further observed that with Kano as the driving force of politics in northern Nigeria, the current political bickering is a serious issue to pay attention to.
â€œKano is without doubt the centre and the driving force of the politics in northern Nigeria which makes it to serve as a pointer to the direction of politics in the region either positively or negatively. The nature of the political scene in Kano today is becoming a serious issue of concern to all peace loving and patriotic citizens.
The growing inter party enmity between the Gandujyiya andÂ Kwankwasiyya groups ofÂ theÂ All Progressive Congress (APC),Â which sounds of the drums of war is going higher on daily basis and Â posing threat to the peace of the centre of commence and at the same time showing wrong directions to the politics of Northern Nigeria in general,â€ it observed while describing as dangerous,Â recent developmentÂ in which supporters of the two groups blow trumpets of conflict each time opportunities arose.
CITAD expressed concern on a statement allegedly made by a serving commissioner and published on an online medium (not Newsdiaryonline.com), warning that if nothing was done the situation may result to anarchy. â€œIt is almost certain that if nothing is done, the mobilizedÂ groups mayexecute the calls of their principalsÂ to action.â€
The Centre called on Kano state government â€œNotÂ toÂ allowÂ itselfÂ to be used by political conflict entrepreneurs whoÂ enrich themselvesÂ through conflicts; toÂ condemn theÂ allegedÂ statement through the media if the speakerÂ wasÂ notÂ speaking forÂ the government; toÂ seek means of resolving the inter party differences amicably without given chanceÂ forÂ bloodbath; the GovernorÂ shouldshow example by disassociating himself from theÂ growing spread of hate speech with impunity among political party supporters.â€
While calling on the Kano EmirateÂ Council toÂ intervene in this issueÂ â€œbyÂ issuingÂ statement callingfor calm and peace,â€ it also called onÂ Kwankwasiyya groupÂ to, â€œremain calm and not be provoked by theÂ allegedÂ statement;Â not take laws into their hands but rather seek for legal redress on any perceived threat;Â collaborate with security agencies in the state to ensure that the programme is peacefully conductedÂ and Dr. Rabiu Musa KwankwasoÂ to call on hisÂ supporters to remain calm and lawâ€“abiding
The Centre advisedÂ security agencies in the stateÂ to â€œbe objective in handling political matters in the state;Â not be allowedÂ toÂ be used by any group to achieve political or any other interests; invite anyone alleged to make statements that are capable of threatening peace and unity in the state.â€