“Since we launched our reform of the broadcast industry, many Nigerians have reached out to us, demanding that we also look into how to sanitise the Social Media space. I can assure you that we are also working on how to inject sanity into the Social Media space which, today, is totally out of control,” Lai Mohammed said in a press briefing in Abuja.
“No responsible government will sit by and allow fake news and hate speech to dominate its media space, because of the capacity of this menace to exploit our national fault lines to set us against each other and trigger a national conflagration.
“That is why we will continue to evolve ways to tackle fake news and hate speech until we banish both,” he said.
Nigerians have been reacting on Social Media Regulation in Nigeria. Some who spoke to Campusaga Media says is a fight against human right in Nigeria.
Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, SAN, reading from the Nigerian constitution in Sun Rise Daily of Channels Television on Friday says such will encroach on the freedom of expression in Nigeria.
Also Ken Ugbechie, the Publicity Secretary of Nigeria Guild of Editors says the Federal Government has to partner with the media in such regulation and not fighting the media and made it a fait accompli. He accused the Minister of Information Lai Mohammed of being part of fake news when President Muhammadu Buhari was sick and went for treatment abroad.
“The minister is a major beneficiary. He told Nigerians in 2017 that the President is not sick. But when the President came back, he told Nigerians he was sick and had never been sick like that before. Misinformation is fake news and can as well come from the government,” Ken Ugbechie said.
Nigeria may not be the only country that had reform on media. The Minister of Information cited Singapore and Uk. But Nigerians in reactions say the that both countries cannot be compared with Nigeria, while Singapore was on the bottom of rather on Freedom Index, the Uk is far better of than Government of Nigeria on Human Right management.