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No plan to restrict access to social media, says Nigerian Government

The federal government has reassured that there is no plan by any of its agencies to restrict Nigerians from accessing the social media.

The minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, who made this known on Wednesday, said Nigerian citizenry are free to discuss government policies and engage in responsible political debates, expose corruption and decently express their opinions via the social media, without the use of maligning or hate speech.

He stated this in Abuja while addressing participants at the venue of a National Social Media Retreat on the theme “Social Media for Good Governance”.

The Minister charged operators of social media platform to guard against the distractions the social media generates and focus on their respective key deliverables.

“It behoves everyone here to imbibe and promote the ideas of excellent government-citizen interaction based on the use of cultured language, publication of facts and respect for the governed as the source from which government derives legitimacy’’, he said.

Shittu explained that allowing freedom of expression on the internet is proof that the federal government genuinely adheres to the principles of democracy.

He disclosed that the federal government would adopt social media in carrying out e-service delivery and use same, to shape the government’s policies for good governance.

 

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About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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