Soji Ajibola, Ibadan
The Yoruba Youth Socio-cultural Association has described the proposed regulation of social media unconstitutional and a misplaced priority.
YYSA National President, Olalekan Hammed, said on Tuesday that Nigeria as a country had many bigger problems that should be focused on.
According to him, the authors of fake news on social media can be sued, adding that identifying them is no problem.
He said, “Government through collaboration with social media companies can easily deal with culprits. Moreover, insecurity, corruption, nepotism and poverty have ruined this nation in all ramifications.
“Efforts should be directed to ways of tackling bigger issues on ground.
“Government at all levels have to concentrate on strategizing towards ending insecurity and ensuring good governance.”
He added that derailing from what should be prioritized would definitely have adverse effects on the country.
Meanwhile, the YYSA has implored Southwest youths not to renew ENDSARS protest considering the level of destruction and economic backwardness that it caused in the region.
Olalekan said restaging protest when the region was still counting losses made no sense, saying that it would never be a win win agitation “if we allow hoodlums and external forces to further weaken our economy under the disguise of being protesters.
“Both the federal and state governments have started taking steps towards ensuring proper and genuine reforms that will be in line with youths’ demands.
“Panels of enquiry in each state should be given enough time to carry out investigations and come out with observations, suggestions and recommendations.
“Moreover, the Presidency has also set up a committee led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to develop framework for police reform, social safety net and unity programmes.
“Surely, our voice has been heard, we just need to wait patiently for government to put things in order.”