Strengthen the existing laws on Defamation, Falsehood, Adebua Urges Government
The Head of Department Languages and Literary Studies, Babcock University, Ilisan, Dr. Adebua Babatunde has called on the government to strengthen the existing laws in order to address the issue of impersonation, fraud arising from the social media.
Adebua who spoke on Sunday as guest speaker on the topic: ‘Conflict Management: The two sides of Social Media’ at a ‘Common Ground Programme’ organised by the Ogun State Chapter of the Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP), called on the National Assembly to be courageous to rework our marriage and determine the system that will work for us as a nation.
In his words, “Conflict is never totally resolved but abated. Social media can be used to escalate and descalate conflict on a 50-50 scale.
“Instead of regulating social media users, government should strengthen existing laws on defamation, libel, falsehood, fraud and impersonation.
“The government needs to get it right in our IT infrastructure and information systems.”
Adebua called on the National Orientation Agency, NOA to engage Nigerians on the need to co-exist peacefully.
He however, urged Nigerians not to believe everything on social media.
In his remarks, the chairman of the Society, Mr. Sodiq Ola-Raheem expressed concerns about the trends and conflicts arising from social media. He viewed that reports on social media are capable of disintegrating the country if not proactively checked.