The President’s Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila, has advocated for social media to be regulated because it has become a ‘societal menace’.
According to a statement by Tunde Alao, the Senior Special Assistant on Media to Lagos state Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Gbajabiamila made the comment on Thursday while representing Tinubu at the public presentation of a book.
Former Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola wrote the book titled; “Nigerian Public Discourse: The Interplay of Empirical Evidence and Hyperbole”.
The statement quoted Gbajabiamila; “The social media has become a societal menace and must be regulated. As many people do not understand that once the send button is hit, there is a potential to reach millions of people around the world which is capable of causing a great danger not just in the society but even unintended consequences to the individuals that are receiving information which may include security of life.
“As citizens become more interested in governance, it is the government’s obligation to ensure that engagement with citizens springs with shared agreement on what the truth is, what is real and what is not”.
In his remarks, the author, Fashola, disclosed that the book was written based on his 21 years of experience as a public office holder, highlighting different public issues.
“My joy is that the conversation has just started, and by and large, we will get good and positive results in our quests for national development”, Fashola was quoted as saying.