Buhari Cautions Nigerians Against Abuse Of Social Media

In this photo released by the Nigeria State House, Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari, speaks at the presidential palace upon his arrival from medical vacation in Abuja, Nigeria. Friday, March.10, 2017 .Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari returned to the country on Friday after a medical leave of a month and a half that raised questions about his health and some calls for his replacement, but he made clear that whatever was ailing him was not yet over. (Sunday Aghaeze/Nigeria State House via AP)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday warned Nigerians over the dangers associated with the misuse of social media.

President Buhari in his national broadcast to mark Nigeria’s 58th Independence Anniversary in Abuja on Monday, decried the way and manner the social media was being misused to provoke passions and stir tensions.

The President described it as an abuse of the new technologies, cautioning all well-meaning citizens to educated themselves on how to use modern technologies for the general good of the nation.

“Now we have in our hands technology that is a powerful tool that we can and should use for knowledge and understanding,” said Buhari.

“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.”


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