The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has spoken why the federal government took the bull by the horn and amended National Broadcasting Code.
Speaking furtherwhen he featured on a TVC live Programme, “This Morning”, Lai said the Federal Government increased the fine for hate speech to five million naira in the amended National Broadcasting Code to punish politicians and public speakers who deliberately violates the provision to destabilise the country.
“What motivated the amendment was that when the fine was N500,000 we saw the provision being violated at will because the amount was very easy to pay,” he said.
The minister explained that some desperate people, who know that their broadcast content contains hate speech, will insist that the broadcast stations should air it while they bear the cost of the fine.
He noted that those attacking the government over the increase must remember that hate speech had destroyed many countries.
The minister recalled that Rwandan lost 800,000 lives to hate speech while Bosnia and Cambodia equally lost thousands of lives to the menace.
Lai Mohammed said that Nigeria is not the only country to impose sanction on hate speech, adding that some nations have more stringent provisions.