Nigerian government on Thursday announced that it had intercepted three anti-Igbo songs.
Director-General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr. Garba Abari, made this known at a briefing in Abuja.
He said: “NOA is in possession of at least three songs already recorded to preach hate in our communities. Two out of these songs are in mass circulation in the social media, particularly on Facebook and Youtube.
“The latest one was only released three days ago. The more disturbing part of this is that each of the songs appears to want to outdo the other”.
Abari disclosed that security agencies have begun manhunt for composers and sponsors of the hate songs and assured that government would protect lives and property of Nigerians.
“We are also aware that messages from Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group have continually been filled with hate and derision for other ethnic communities.
“We have also noticed that those who dare to call them to order have become the subject of attack by these groups through their songs and messages,” Abari added.
He warned that hate speeches may plunge Nigeria into serious crisis, disclosing that State Directorates and Community Orientation and Mobilisation Officers (COMOs) of NOA had been directed to commence peace-building sensitisation to communities to reassure them of government’s commitment to their safety.
Meanwhile, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo has lambasted northern leaders for their “silence” on hate songs against Igbo trending in the country.