Pastor Bakare speaks on proposed social media bill in Nigeria

Pastor Bakare speaks on proposed social media bill in Nigeria

- Fiery preacher, Pastor Tunde Bakare has shared his thoughts on the proposed social media bill in Nigeria

- The Pentecostal preacher advised that government should listen to the people and formulate laws that will be beneficial to everyone

- Bakare, 66, ran for the position of vice president in 2011 under the defunct Congress for Progressives Change

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Pastor Tunde Bakare has given his take on moves to regulate social media by the federal government.

The 66-year old preacher made his stance known on the issue in an interview with Daily Sun newspaper published on Saturday, November 14.

He said as much as social media is a free medium, freedom must come with boundaries.

Pastor Bakare speaks on proposed social media bill in Nigeria

Pastor Bakare said he supports social media regulation in Nigeria. Photo credit: @T_Bakare
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His words:

“There is no free freedom anywhere in the world; there must be freedom with boundaries. I am not saying curtail them or we can’t use social media in Nigeria, but there is no nation where there are no balances.
“Look at the picture of a drama that was shot somewhere else that was used to say soldiers have killed protesters, those things can grieve and create troubles.”

Meanwhile, Pastor Bakare has expressed confidence that he will one day be the president of Nigeria.

Bakare, who presides over the Latter Rain Assembly, a pentecostal church in Lagos state, ran for the position of vice president alongside the incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari, in the defunct Congress for Progressives Change, in 2011.

Asked if he is still interested in the number one position in the country, having mentioned it in the past, Bakare said he believes he will one day lead the nation, but he didn't say when exactly that would be.

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In a related development, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday, October 15 unfolded plans to seek legal backing for electronic voting beginning from the 2023 general elections.

INEC chairman, Professor Mahmud Yakubu said the manual collation, which is enshrined in the laws, is too cumbersome and expensive.

Professor Yakubu made his stance known at the inauguration of the House of Representatives' special ad-hoc committee on the review of the 1999 Constitution.

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