The Osun State Chapter of the AllProgressivesGrandAlliance (APGA) has strongly condemned the recent hate speech targeted at the Igbos in Osun State and commends the Nigerian Police Force for their swift action in apprehending the suspect, Kehinde Adesogba Adekusibe, who violated the Social Media policy on hate speech.
In a statement issued by the Chairman of APGA Osun, Wole Adedoyin, the party expressed its deep concern and utter disdain for the hate speech propagated by Mr. Adekusibe. The statement emphasizes the importance of unity and harmony among all ethnic groups, calling on all Yorubas in Osun State to embrace the principles of APGA’s motto, “Be your brother and sister’s keeper.”
The hate speech, which was posted on Twitter on May 18, 2023, contained inflammatory remarks such as “Let’s kill all the Igbos. Let’s flush them out of Yoruba land. I hate these people with passion. They are violent people. They are worst. They hate us. Let’s hate them without holding back.” APGA Osun firmly rejects such hateful rhetoric and affirms that it does not represent the views of the majority of Yorubas in Osun State.
APGA Osun recognizes and appreciates the Igbos in Osun for their non-violent nature, love, care, and peaceful disposition. The party urges the public to disregard any hate speech or negative stereotypes directed towards the Igbo community. Nigeria is a diverse nation, and it is vital that we foster a climate of understanding, tolerance, and respect for all ethnic groups.
The Osun Command of the Nigerian Police Force deserves commendation for its prompt and decisive action in apprehending the suspect, Kehinde Adesogba Adekusibe. APGA Osun acknowledges the efforts of the police in upholding the law and ensuring the safety and security of all citizens, irrespective of their ethnicity.
APGA Osun calls on the relevant authorities to thoroughly investigate this incident and ensure that justice is served. The party also encourages the police to continue their proactive stance in combating hate speech and other forms of incitement that threaten the peaceful coexistence of different ethnic groups.
Furthermore, APGA Osun calls on community leaders, religious institutions, and civil society organizations to intensify efforts in promoting dialogue, understanding, and harmony among all ethnic groups. We must work together to build a society where hate speech has no place and where every Nigerian can live and thrive in peace and unity.
In conclusion, APGA Osun reiterates its commitment to fostering peace, unity, and tolerance among all Nigerians. The party stands firmly against hate speech, discrimination, and any form of violence. Together, let us embrace diversity and build a nation where every citizen is treated with dignity and respect.