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ADHA adopts 9 point resolution on hate speeches, peace/tranquility

Saturday, November 18, 2017

/ by Adamawa Celebrities

Jonathan Filibus


Determined towards ensuring unity and peaceful coexistence in the society, Members of the Adamawa State House of Assembly have unanimously adopted about 9 point resolutions condemning all forms of prejudices, discrimination, hate speeches and quit notices in the State.

The lawmakers however appealed to the Federal, State and Local Governments and traditional institutions to be alive to their responsibilities, to protect lives and property of citizens, regardless of where they come from, as a way of improving governance, advising religious leaders to guide and advise their members to toe the part of peace and mutual coexistence.

This was part of the resolution of the 36 Houses of Assembly adopted after a joint session of the legislators held at Imo State House of Assembly recently.

The joint session of the State Houses of Assembly was held in Imo State House of Assembly, ostensibly to address the rising tension in the country, occasioned by hate speeches trending in the social media as well as in other quarters across the country.

Some of resolutions adopted at the meeting and subsequently adopted at the resumed plenary session by the Adamawa State lawmakers during the week, vehemently condemned the violent approach adopted by the members of the various ethnic, political and religious groups whose actions are threatening the unity, oneness and territorial integrity of Nigeria.

According to them, all ethnic, political and religious groups, herdsmen, farmers, aggrieved ethnic groups and agitators are urged to stop all hostilities and any act that is capable of triggering crisis, reaffirming that Nigeria must continue to remain one indivisible and insoluble sovereign state to be known by the name of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

All Nigerians according to the legislators have the inalienable rights to reside in any part of Nigeria and do their businesses anywhere in Nigeria without fear of intimidation, molestation, injury or seizure of moveable or immovable property.

The lawmakers urged on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct all security agencies to monitor the activities of the groups and ensure that perpetrators of violence and breach of peace are promptly and decisively dealt with in accordance with the laws of the land.

The Houses of Assembly called on ethnic groups or persons that have complaints or grievances should channel such complaints or grievances through their elected representatives at the Federal or State levels.

But moving a motion for the adoption of the amended resolutions at the resumed plenary session presided over by the Speaker, Hon. Kabiru Mijinyawa, the Majority Leader, Hon. Hassan Barguma (Hong constituency) appealed to the hallowed chamber to strive assiduously in order to ensure that the resolutions make impact in the State.

The lawmakers resolved that similar meeting should be convened for all the councilors across the 21 Local Government Councils in the State to enlighten them on how to strive for peace and stability at the grassroots.

They contended that the copies of the resolutions should be transmitted to all government agencies and relevant stakeholders to enable them contribute their quota for peace and tranquility.

Speaking earlier while making his contributions Hon. Abdullahi Umar Yapak (Verre constituency) appreciated the leader of the delegation (Hon. Hassan Barguma) and his team from the State for their participation in what he described as timely meeting.

Also speaking Hon. Sunday Peter (Guyuk constituency) said more often than not such hate speeches are politically motivated and that the resolution are effectively implemented would go a long way in checking unguarded utterance.

Hon. Peter advocated for such meetings for councilors at ward levels to enable them create more awareness amongst the people at the grassroots taking into congnisance how people tend to make use of social media carelessly.

On his part, Hon. Abdulrahman Isa (Mubi South constituency) posited that the significance of the resolution would be felt only when more awareness was for their constituents.

While adopting the report, the Speaker Hon. Kabiru Mijinyawa who presided over the sitting commended his colleagues and directed the Clerk to communicate the resolution to the relevant agencies and stakeholders.

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