FG Denies Plans to Clamp Down on Social Media

The Federal Government has reassured that there is no plan by any of its agencies to restrict Nigerians from accessing the social media.

Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communications, who made this known on Wednesday, said Nigerian citizenry are free to discuss government policies and engage in responsible political debates, expose corruption and decently express their opinions via the social media, without the use of hate speech.

He stated this in Abuja while addressing participants at the venue of a National Social Media Retreat on the theme “Social Media for Good Governance”.

“It behoves everyone here to imbibe and promote the ideas of excellent government-citizen interaction based on the use of cultured language, publication of facts and respect for the governed as the source from which government derives legitimacy”, he said.

Shittu explained that allowing freedom of expression on the internet is proof that the federal government genuinely adheres to the principles of democracy.

He also disclosed that the Federal Government would adopt social media in carrying out e-service delivery and use same, to shape the government’s policies for good governance.

The minister stated that government would also propound friendly and secure policies that will ensure the use of technology-based social media which are development-driven and urged key players in the private sector to take advantage of the social media to achieve positive image for the country.

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