We cannot permit reckless use of social media throw Nigeria into turmoil – Lai Mohammed warn #EndSARS agitators
Lai Mohammed, minister of data and tradition, says the federal authorities is not going to permit “reckless use” of social media to trigger disaster within the nation.
Talking at a gathering with title editors of newspapers on Friday in Lagos, Mohammed, who lamented the affect of faux information through the #EndSARS protests, stated the federal government would search methods to make sure accountable use of social media, however stated there have been no makes an attempt to ban its use.
There have been assaults on police stations throughout the nation throughout and after the demonstrations in opposition to police brutality, below the #EndSARS marketing campaign in October.
Hoodlums had hijacked the protests to unleash mayhem, resulting in deaths, in addition to large looting of presidency and personal property throughout the nation.
“Our fears concerning the abuse of social media, and particularly the hazards posed by pretend information and disinformation, have come to cross. Through the protest and the next violence, pretend information and disinformation have been the order of the day,” he stated.
“Social media was used for mobilisation, and it was additionally used to information arsonists and looters to properties, each private and non-private, which have been focused for assault.
“Celebrities who have been listed as killed at Lekki shortly dispelled the report of their deaths. Discerning Nigerians uncovered the truth that footage of some non-Nigerians have been used to justify the hoax bloodbath on the Lekki Toll Gate.
“This improvement has strengthened our resolve to work with stakeholders to cease the abuse of social media. It has additionally rekindled the talk on the necessity to regulate social media content material, a debate that’s not restricted to Nigeria.
“On our half, we is not going to sit down and permit a reckless use of social media to irritate our fault traces and throw the nation into turmoil. However in curbing the excesses of social media, relaxation assured, gents, that we are going to neither shut down the web nor stifle press freedom or free speech, as some have insinuated. We additionally acknowledge that social media is right here to remain.”
The minister additionally claimed that there was extra consideration on what he described because the “pretend bloodbath” at Lekki tollgate, whereas assaults on safety personnel have been ignored.
“Nonetheless on the protection, gents, much less consideration was paid to the barbaric and grotesque homicide of safety brokers by hoodlums through the disaster. Whereas everybody was fixated on the pretend bloodbath at Lekki Toll Gate, few paid consideration to the way in which and method policemen and troopers have been killed,” Mohammed stated.
“Additionally, 196 policemen have been injured; 164 police automobiles have been destroyed and 134 police stations burnt down. As well as, the violence left 57 civilians lifeless, 269 personal/company amenities burnt/looted/vandalised, 243 authorities amenities burnt/vandalised and 81 authorities warehouses looted.”
Mohammed, nonetheless, added that the federal authorities has already begun a overview of the “#EndSARS disaster”.