President Muhammadu Buhari has cautioned Nigerians on how they conduct themselves on social media where he alleged that “disruptive and corrosive forces” hide to provoke tensions.
The president raised the alarm on the usage of social media in his national broadcast on the occasion of Nigeria’s 58th Independence anniversary at the Presidential Villa on October 1, 2018.
The president noted that the country had never faced the ‘challenge’ of such a technology which some are abusing to “provoke passions and stir tensions”.
He said, “Fellow Nigerians, now we have in our hands’ technology that is a powerful tool that we can and should use for knowledge and understanding. As with other countries, we must also learn how to manage those tendencies that, instead, look to abuse new technologies to provoke passions and stir tensions.
“Never before have we faced such a challenge. We must all rise to the responsibility of shutting out those disruptive and corrosive forces that hide in today’s world of social media.
“We need critical minds and independent thinking, to question and question until we are satisfied we have the facts. Otherwise, all the progress we have made as a democracy since 1999 is at stake.”