The Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) on Thursday cautioned broadcast stations in the country against airing hate speeches during sermons.
The commission’s Zonal Director, North East, Dr Igomo Onoja, gave the directive in a statement issued in Jalingo.
He also directed that religious sermons should henceforth not be aired live.
Onoja said the warning was prompted by the security challenges in the country.
He added that sermons must adhere to the principle of decent language, devoid of attack or ridicule.
“Broadcasts shall not contain any content that is likely to encourage or incite the commission of crime or lead to public disorder,’’ he warned.
According to him, the directive is in conformity with the provisions of the Nigerian Broadcast Code on religious broadcast.
He then urged broadcast stations to adhere strictly to the guidelines as any breach would attract sanction.