Until social media is regulated, we will not rest – Lai Mohammed
The Federal government will not rest until social media sites are regulated, according to Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture.
The minister stated this in a Washington interview with NAN, in response to media claims that he snuck out of Nigeria to meet with Twitter operators to discuss the country’s ban on the microblogging service. Fake news like this, according to Lai, reaffirms the need for social media regulation.
His words during the interview were;
“Can a minister sneak out of Nigeria without people knowing? When you say I sneaked out of Nigeria, are you saying I went to board at a terminal where nobody is or I travelled to the Republic of Benin to fly out of the country?
”I was at an international airport, where I presented myself openly and I was checked in at the counter like every other traveller of the airline. I boarded and passed through the checks by the immigration service and customs.
How can you come and say I sneaked out of the country? You and I have been here, have I met with any Twitter official?
When you talk about fake news and its dangers, we need to take it seriously and I am happy that the entire world is now seeing what we saw more than two years ago. I can assure you that we will not rest until we regulate social media. Otherwise, nobody will survive it.”
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