Osinbajo, Lai Mohammed on different direction over social media regulation
Barely less than one week the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo made it clear that government has no interest in regulating social media, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday said it was working on how to inject sanity into social media which it said was currently out of control.
The minister stressed that no responsible government would sit back and allow such activities capable of setting the country on fire to continue unchecked, arguing that “It has reached a level that the government may just no longer fold its arms and allow this to continue.”
According to the Minister, “No amount of attacks or criticism would stop the government from implementing tougher sanctions for broadcast stations, who breach the nation’s broadcast code especially as it concerns the dissemination of fake news as well as inciteful and divisive comments which were approved by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.
While noting that industry stakeholders and responsible journalists have nothing to fear as the government’s intention is not to gag the media, “The intention of the government was to restore sanity to the nation’s airwave.”