In what seems to be loud support of the move by the federal government of Nigeria to regulate the use of social media in Nigeria, Bishop David Oyedepo of Winners Chapel International has said that a means to put a check on the free access to social media must be devised.
Bishop David Oyedepo, the General Overseer and founder of the Living Faith Church International, made this assertion on Friday in his address as Chancellor of Landmark University during the university’s convocation ceremony.
The clergyman opined that the majority of the youths of this generation have become hooked on social media to the point that their destinies are now at stake and called for ways that stringent checks could be put on the use and access to social media.
According to Bishop Oyedepo, youths do not engage in things that are productive because they no longer have time to think, plan and programme, and this is because they while away their time chatting.
Bishop David went on to say that the addiction to social media is like addiction to drugs and every other dangerous addition and that from the facts on the ground, young people must beware of the monster of social media and rise from their slumber before their entire destiny is wasted.
This statement by the General Overseer of Winners Chapel seems to give credence to the moves by the current President Buhari-led administration to censor and regulate the use of social media in Nigeria.
The federal government on several occasions have voiced their position on this subject with Mr Lai Mohammed, the nation’s Minister of Information, having at one time asked the legislative arm of government to amend the act that set up the National Broadcasting Commission to enable the commission to regulate online and social media.
The current ban on Twitter’s operation in Nigeria is the most recent and perhaps the most emphatic move by this administration to control and regulate how Nigerians use the internet and social media.
Would Bishop David Oyedepo’s comments embolden the current administration? Like they say, only time would tell.
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