2019 Polls: Chairman Forum For Presidential Candidates Expresses Concern Over Negative Use Of Social Media
The Chairman forum for Presidential Candidates Alhaji Shitu Mohammed, has urged the Federal Government to intensify education of Nigerians on social media use.
He stated this In an interview with Radio Nigeria’s correspondent Georgina Humphrey in Abuja.
Mohammed who said that social media use could make or mar the upcoming elections in the country urged politicians to desist from spreading fake news and hate speech.
Mohammed who is also the Chairman of the All Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA), explained that the use of social media was undoubtedly a revolution that brought change to Nigeria in the 2015 general elections but the trend has taken a different dimension that need to be curbed before next election.
He said that the government should use its organs of information like the National Orientation Agency, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, NTA and News Agency of Nigeria to change the narrative.
Mohammed said that the youths are those that use the social media the most because of their population, adding that it can be use for more productive ventures.
He stressed that Initiatives like the N-Power, Conditional Cash Transfer, employment must continue to be internet based adding that By this trend, the youths will be better engaged in exploiting the social and economic benefits of social media use.
“The steps by government aimed at integrating internet in all it activities is a good one that must be sustained” Mohammed added.
“In the same vain, exposing Nigerians to opportunities that abound in social media use will lure them to make positive use of it instead of creating divisive narratives for the country.
“As a practicing farmer, I know what internet has done in improving my business, Research and networking in the sector has tremendously led to expansion of my farm,” he said.
The Chairman forum for Presidential candidate commended the steps by government aimed at integrating internet in activities as a good one that must be sustained.