- Some social media users in Nigeria are promoting tribalism through various mediums
- This was the submission of the senior special assistant to president on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu
- He was speaking at the Positive Voices Campaign Project showcase event in Abuja on Thursday, July 13
The senior special assistant to President Muhammdu Buhari on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, has decried the rate at which social media users in Nigeria promote tribalism on various mediums.
Speaking at the Positive Voices Campaign Project showcase event in Abuja on Thursday, July 13, Mallam Shehu noted that Nigeria had dealt with the problem of tribalism in the 1960s but it is unfortunate that the social media is bringing back this dangerous trend.
He stressed that it is important that Nigeria remains peaceful, stating that every Nigerian is free to live in any part of the country and cannot be threatened by any violence.
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Leadership quoted the presidential aide as saying: “President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to bring back permanent peace all over the country including Niger Delta, North-East and central part of the country.
“As a matter of fact during the All Progressives Congress campaign, he promised that Nigerians will be free to reside in any part of the country and earn legitimate livelihood without hindrance.
“You can see that the reason for some of the programmes of government like social investments scheme is that Nigerians should be free to reside and work in any part of the country.
“Tribalism is a problem that has been with the government for a long time, it will take time to erase that.”
He urged Nigerians to see themselves as one to enable them earn their livelihood without any hindrance.
Shehu's comment is coming eight days after some media reports indicated that Nigeria's secret police, the Department of State Services (DSS), allegedly has plans to shut down opposition against the present administration on social media.
According to the report, the DSS has sent a delegation to Russia to learn how to shut down social media and target users over President Muhammadu Buhari's health.
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