Buhari’s govt won’t stifle free speech, minister assures
From the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, came yesterday an assurance that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration will not stifle free speech by seeking to regulate the social media or abridging the rights of Nigerians.
Mohammed, who gave the assurance in Lagos during a meeting with a cross section of social media influencers, however, said it is important for them to self-regulate to maintain their credibility.
‘’Let me assure you that the Federal Government does not intend to stifle free speech or abridge the rights of Nigerians to air their views freely. We are not about to regulate or stultify the social media. This explains why we are asking you to self-regulate. That is why we are encouraging you to rein in the impostors among you and show restraint when dealing with issues of national unity, Nigeria’s sovereignty, as well as issues concerning the lives and well-being of Nigerians.
‘’What I am saying in essence is that you must self-regulate in order not to self-destruct. Self-regulation allows you to weed out the charlatans among you in order to maintain your credibility and ensure your survival,” the minister said.