- Bishop Kukah has cautioned Buhari over planned regulation on social media
- The FG has said that it would be monitoring how social media are being used in Nigeria
- Kukah, however, said that the regulation would hinder freedom of speech in the country
President Muhammadu Buhari has been advised to thread softly on the proposed regulation of social media in Nigeria.
The Nation reports that the advice was made on Friday, November 8, by the Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Bishop Matthew Kukah.
Legit.ng gathered that the fiery cleric said the regulation of social media as being proposed would hinder freedom of speech among the citizens of the country.
Kukah gave the charge while speaking at the convocation lecture of Achievers University, Owo in Ondo state.
Speaking on the lecture titled, some reasons Nigeria has failed to achieve greatness, the bishop who said that the freedom to speak must be done responsibly, asked the government to be careful about the planned regulation of the social media.
He noted that social media was an avenue for Nigerians to bear their minds and feelings about happenings in the country.
Kukah also said that most of the people at the corridor of power today are not aware of the struggle made for the country’s nascent democracy.
The bishop added that he was ready to defend freedom of speech in Nigeria with the last drop of his blood.
He said: “I’m worried that many in power don’t know the sacrifice we made. The freedom we fought for.”
Kukah noted that a nation thrives on the free flow of ideas and information among its citizenry, adding that ethnicity and religion had become liabilities in the Nigerian context.
He explained that what held Nigeria together were resources which he said were being used irresponsibly by those who were running the country.
“The main challenge is not of the boundaries of geography but the spread of ideas and knowledge and of course memory is a source of knowledge. We are angry but we are not the first group to be angry,” he stressed.
He urged Nigerian leaders to invoke common emotions that could hold the citizens together as one.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Kukah said that ethnicity and religion had become liabilities in Nigeria.
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