The Nigerian government has said it is ready to deal with promoters of hate speech and divisive comments.
Acting President Yemi Osibnajo stated this at the Aso Rock Villa after meeting with a cross section of Northern leaders.
The meeting is coming after some youth groups in the north issued an ultimatum to all Igbos in the region to leave latest October 1, 2017.
Osibanjo said the government was willing and determined to ensure the unity of Nigeria along the lines of the nation’s constitution
He said any form of hate or divisive speech from any quarters will be met with the full force of the law, saying no one will be allowed by the government to get away with making speeches that can cause sedition or cause violence.
The Acting President said the Federal Government will also take seriously attempts to cause violence or disrupt the peace of the country. He called on Northern leaders to take his message down to the people.
Osibanjo maintained that Nigerians would continue to live together
The acting president will also meet with leaders from the south east on Wednesday.
Those at Tuesday’s meeting include Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representative, Yakubu Dogara, Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olanishakin, chairman of Arewa Consultative Forum and former Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Coomasie, Ango Abdullahi, former governor of Sokoto State and current Senator, Aliyu Wamako, former deputy governor of Plateau State, Pauline Tallen, Publisher of Leadership Newspapers, Sam Ndah-Isaiah, Paul Unongo, as well as the Chairman Liberty Radio/Television, Tijjani Ramalan and the Editor in Chief of Daily Trust newspapers, Mannir Dan Ali among others.