Ajiboye, who was speaking in commemoration of the 2019 World Speech Day, said the speech was very powerful and influential, adding that it can create, break, mar, cure or makeup something. He said speech could be positive – that is a soft answer or negative which is regarded as hate speech. The psychologist said positive speech could bring about a cure to psychological or emotional problems but a grievous speech can lead to trauma. According to him, strong resistances give way to soft speech but hate speech can compound a nation’s problem or lead to ethnic unrest and hostility. NAN reports that the first World Speech Day took place on March 15, 2016, and the theme for 2019 is “World Citizenship”.
Source: Nigerian Tribune March 15, 2019 12:45 UTC