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Govts’ bad behaviour cause of hate speech – Anglican Prelate

Governments at all levels have been advised to exhibit good governance, civil conduct and sensitivity to the plight of the people in order to stop hate speech.
The Anglican Bishop of Oru, the Rt Rev. Geoffrey N. Chukwunenye, Ph.D gave the advice while delivering his presidential address at the first session of the Fourth Synod of the Diocese held at St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church, Nempi in Oru West LGA, Imo State.
He said that hate speech is a product of “hate behaviour” by governments, insisting that no form of legislation, including media propaganda, can stop hate speech.
In his well-articulated, well-documented and well-presented address, the prelate recalled that hate speech crept into Nigeria during the military dictatorship of General Sani Abacha, under which Nigerians  suffered extremely and regretted that successive governments have failed to improve the well being of the citizenry, thereby promoting hate speech.
He noted the federal government’s “hate behaviour” in turning a blind eye to the devastation caused by dangerously armed herdsmen as well as its lopsided appointments in favour of some geo-political zones.
Bishop Chukwuneye who accused both federal and state governments of flouting court orders, which he said is a crime also condemned the non-payment of workers’ salaries as at when due including non-payment of pensions to pensioners.
He described demolition of properties without compensation as dehumanizing, condemning mismanagement of public funds and lack of plan for creation of jobs.
The prelate called on government to equally be sensitive to the plight of the people the same way it tends to be sensitive to hate speech.
In his sermon during the synod thanksgiving service, the Anglican Bishop of Ondo Diocese, Most Rev. George L. Lasebikan, said that adultery, unfaithfulness and lying were some of the most challenging sins confronting Christians in the contemporary world.
He urged them to abstain from these “attractive” sins and live a holy life, stressing that their bodies are God’s temple.
Archbishop Lasebikan who was the guest preacher at the synod called for total obedience and faithfulness to God, stressing that God provides the needs of His faithful servants at any point in time, citing Abraham as a reliable example.
He warned against disobedience and called for true repentance among Christians.
The former Dean of the Church of Nigeria described the synod theme “Ebenezer thus far the Lord has helped us” (1 Sam 7:12)

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