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Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Presidency wants social media abusers prosecuted

Presidency wants social media abusers prosecuted

- Social media abuse is still a source of worry for the Presidency

- The Presidency wants those abusing the platform to be prosecuted

- The call was made by the personal assistant to the president on social media, Lauretta Onochie

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The Presidency has called for strict enforcement of law by security agents to curb abuse of social media.

The personal assistant to the president on social media, Lauretta Onochie, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, October 30, in Abuja.

Legit.ng gathers that Onochie said the challenge in the country is that the laws are not being enforced by the appropriate authorities. According to her, the country has the necessary laws to guide what is being published and spoken online.

She said: “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 that hate speech was capable of disintegrating the country, adding that if this happened, everybody would be a victim because the people would not have anywhere run to for succour.

Onochie noted that social media had given a voice to young Nigerians who were hitherto trained by their parents not to ask questions or raise their voices.

“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."

The SA noted that Nigerians should ensure that they must at all times ensure that whatever they say on social media must be the truth.

Onochie called on the law enforcement agents to do their job, saying that they were failing in the discharge of job in apprehending people who use hate messages to divide the country.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the federal government on Wednesday, July 11, admonished Nigerians not to share any information for which they cannot vouch on Facebook, Twitter or WhatsApp as a measure to curtail fake news menace.

The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, gave the admonition in Abuja at the launch of National Campaign against Fake News.

He urged social media users that before sharing any information on Facebook, Twitter or WhatsApp, they should ascertain how credible the source is.

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