The director-general of National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) – a body which ensures there is sanity on Nigerian airwaves – has apparently been caught spewing hate speech.
Modibbo Kawu, who is infamous for slamming fines on media organisations over alleged hate speeches, is now seemingly guilty of the crime he punishes.
He allegedly went on a WhatsApp group of northern editors and intellectuals spewing venom on Senate President Bukola Saraki who just dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) for People Democratic Party (PDP).
Kawu’s WhatsApp meltdown reportedly began 9am on Thursday.
“It is not the ‘natural’ human condition to continuously vote for a kleptocratic hegemony such as Saraki has imposed on our dear Kwara State,” he reportedly said.
“Bukola Saraki’s hegemony has been responsible for a systematic underdevelopment of Kwara; the entrenchment of a pattern of cult killings and blood-letting that’s unique.
“And over a three-year period, 2010, 2011, and 2013, tens of people were killed in stampede in front of the offices and residence of the Saraki.
“Even the Offa ‘robbery’ where 33 people died was far more like their pattern of ritual killings than robbery!
“How much money do they have in Offa banks that 33 people had to be killed? These are questions people ask in Kwara. Hopefully the incredibly arrogant Bukola Saraki, whose family has no Asali whatsoever, has finally arrived at a denouement! Nothing lasts forever; not a kleptocratic hegemony; not an oppressive domination of a state by a family, which really isn’t even from our state!
“That’s why he doesn’t share the values of our community; looks down at our people and carries himself with so much contempt!
“Even his names tell anyone who knows Ilorin that this is an ‘alien’ individual. His full names are OLUBUKOLA OLABOWALE ADEBISI (sic).”
“These are not names an Ilorin person would normally be called. And he didn’t have a Muslim name until he wanted to run for governor in 2002-2003!
“They first named him Muktar after his grandfather and that was then dropped for Abubakar, the name his father was also borrowed in Ilorin. These are the facts!
Kawu was once an editor of Daily Trust. His hateful comments angered some members of the WhatsApp group who took turns to scold him.
The Buhari government has vowed to punish hate speech. Will Kawu walk free?