Presidency seeks enforcement of law to curb abuse of social media


presidency-social-mediaThe Presidency has called for stringent measures by security agents to curb abuse of social media.

Mrs Lauretta Onochie, the Personal Assistant to President on Social Media disclosed it in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja.

She said the challenge facing Nigeria has to do with enforcement of law by appropriate authorities, adding that the country had the enabling laws to guide on what was published and spoken online.

“Our laws are not being enforced; we must plead with the law enforcement agencies to look into this to help the president and the nation to stay together,’’ she said.

She said that hate speech could tear the country apart, that if this happened, everybody would be a victim because the people would have nowhere to run for safety.

Onochie noted that the social media had given a voice to young Nigerians whose parenting does not advise to raise questions.

“Many of our youths are raised by mothers and fathers who rebuke them when they ask question.

“Now that they are on social media, they can air their opinions, but I must counsel them that whatsoever they say today they should make sure it is the truth.

“If you are lying in order to bring bloodshed on our nation, the blood would be on you and your generation,’’ she said.

The SA noted that Nigerians should ensure that must be cautious of what they say on social media and endeavour to say the truth.

Onochie advised to Google for facts to make sure that information online is accurate and true.