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Member representing Imo East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu has warned against the use of hate speech before, during and after the 2019 general elections, saying that it is worse than chemical weapons.

Member representing Imo East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu has warned against the use of hate speech before, during and after the 2019 general elections, saying that it is worse than chemical weapons.

Senator Anyanwu in a press briefing weekend declared that nobody will found hate speech in any form from him during and throughout the electoral process of 2018/2019 and thereafter. To buttress his position, he said “I will direct all my followers, advisers, financiers and religious prayer warriors not to use my name, position and ambition for the use of hate speech (es) on my fellow aspirants, or their supporters for the purpose of giving me any advantage whatsoever. I will disown and hereby disown any of my supporters in whichever guise that uses hate speech (es) against any of my fellow aspirants or their supporters from today. Any of my supporters who use hate speech in violation of this admonition will be publicly disowned by my campaign organization, the Divine Mandate Movement from his ward level”.
He furthered that after election there is life, stressing that life does not begin and end in a contest with the view that since the beginning of Democracy in 1999, different parties have emerged with people leaving from one party to the other because of individual interests and changing ideology and have been working together since then.
“I will in practical implementation of this new political environment commence visitation of all our fellow contestants for the Governorship position and other positions across the political parties operating in Imo State as time will permit me. Imo is the issue and our campaign for Imo should be issue based”. Senator Anyanwu described hate speech as a thorny issue that is gradually destroying the fabrics that bind humanity and brotherhood particularly in the present charged and power game of politics.
"A few words spoken in anger can quickly destroy a long lasting relationship. For no matter how sorry you are thereafter, the memory of your barbed remarks may leave a lasting scar".
He regretted that party politics of today have presented the people with opposite of the events and politics of those glorious days, stating that as much as they did not have a perfect period then, the present era has developed a hydra-headed and mixture of desperation, cash based and hate speeches with its attendant attrition and animosity leading to attempted murder and murder of political opponents. According to him, it has brought family members to destroy the family bond and unity, pitched church members against each other and abruptly brought to an end long standing childhood friendship. Hate speech has even divided the closely knitted communities, towns, Local Governments, Zones in a State into permanent suspicious neighbours and brothers within a State. he equally warned social media users to operate within the ambits of the law and ethics to achieves desired goals.

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