Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, Lt. Gen. Sen. Jeremiah Useni has said the move to regulate social media will not be accepted.i
Useni, an elder statesman and a pillar of the Arewa Consultative Forum and North Central People’s Forum disclosed this during an inaugural lecture of the Correspondents’ Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists, Plateau State.
The lecture, titled: “Insecurity and the quest for lasting peace in Nigeria: The role of the media,” Useni expressed fear that censoring the social media would have a negative impact on the traditional media and journalists in the country.
Useni who was represented by his Media Consultant, Hon. Yiljap Abraham said: “instead of regulating the social media, why not the authorities transform governance to make impact in the lives of citizens?
“The danger of this move is when any regulatory agency becomes captured by the people it is supposed to regulate. For instance, a situation where an agency that is supposed to regulate social media is captured by politicians and activists who might want to use their position to suppress the arguments of their political opponents.”
He said the regulation of the social media would deny civil society and the public the opportunity to demand accountability and good governance from the constituted authority.
“While I do not condone the act of dissemination of fake news, but I also frown at the attempt to hide under fake news to regulate the social media for selfish reasons,” he said.