There are mixed reactions on Twitter after it was reported by several news media that Bishop David Oyedepo, the General Overseer and Founder of Living Faith Church International (Winners Chapel), spoke in favour of restricting access to social media, because many Nigeria youths are wasting the time they are supposed to use in doing critical thinking and planing for their future on social media
Oyedepo allegedly made the statement on Friday at the seventh convocation of Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara State.
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Bishop Oyedepo was reported to have described social media as a monster and a serpent that is eating the future of the youths. He also said addiction to social media is also the same thing as addiction to drugs which can render a whole destiny useless. He then called for a means to restrict free access to social media
"We must devise means to put a check on free access to social media, particularly those that are not adding values. Life is a race. Everyone should get on the track, ready for the run of their lives.” Oyedepo said
"Winners Chapel Founder, @DavidOyedepoMin Backs Regulation Of Social Media, Says Youths Cannot Think, Plan" - Sahara Reporters
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Many of those who reacted to the statement by the Bishop were not pleased, probably because the Federal Government of Nigeria recently suspended the operations of Twitter and there are also indications that the Government is also sponsoring a bill that will enable them to properly regulate social media in the country. However, some people also support what he said. Take a look at some of the reactions below and share your thought with us
@WhiteAmadasun, "Social media is not the problem of young people. The greatest issue plaguing the desired future of youths remains the genetically encoded greediness, selfishness and acquisitiveness of socio-economic and political leaders in Nigeria, including traditional rulers and clerics QED."
@Sakestine, "He is right, my only question is, how come their own generation that had all the time in the world to plan and think happen to end up giving us this disjointed society called Nigeria? They are quick to blame the youth for every damn thing.
@DanielRegha, "Bp. David Oyedepo's statement isn't valid cos the youths he claims can't think cos of social media are the ones developing the world. The same youths use social media platforms including Twitter to hustle, earn a living, pay offerings, tithes & contribute to his church's growth."
@lukeysamuel1, "Joblessness makes youths spend time on social media, if you can sell your private jets and build companies for people to work, then less people will be here doing nothing"
@adebayo281, "Y All this people just like tuning there eyes on social media the country have many problems in the country to face social media is not your problem"
@OvieNews, "Truth is that we are spending way too many hours on social media that could go into reading books. It's addictive too."
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