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Catholic Church Cautions against Move to Control Social Media

By: dayan (M) |Time : November 10, 2020, 10:22:29 PM
By Onyebuchi Ezigbo

The Catholic Church in Nigeria has cautioned against any attempt to implement the policy that seeks to control freedom of expression via the social media platforms in the country.

Similarly, the church urged a transparent and sincere enquiry into the issues that led to the recent EndSARS protests by federal and state governments to ensure that justice is done.

The church said that government should not toy with the demands made by the youths during the EndSARS protest, noting that the matter has taken the form of a revolution that needs careful handling.

Speaking at an interactive session with journalists covering the activities of the church, the New Director of Communication, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Abuja, Padre Mike Nsikak Umoh, advised the federal government to abandon the idea of seeking to clampdown on use of social media.

He said that any move to regulate the social media will amount to an effort in futility.

“The government should not think of regulating the social media. They should be very careful. You cannot regulate what you are not in control of. The best thing to do is for you to check yourself and re-focus, if the social media messages are against you.

“Government should concentrate more on formation of characters of the youths, there are so many social and behavioural problems caused by wrong use of social media which the government can correct for the general good of the society,” he said.

According to Umoh, the federal and state governments should rather concentrate on ushering in development and social reformation than thinking about regulating the internet.

On the issue of EndSARS, the priest said the protest has become like a revolution that will be difficult to dismiss.

He said that the government may succeed in clamping down on the protesters but it cannot take away the memories and issues that gave rise to the protest unless they are genuinely addressed.

“EndSARS is a revolution and it is a phenomenon. It is a revolution that is bigger than any government and it is a phenomenon that will outlive any government,” he said.

The Secretary General of Communication, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Zacharia Nyantiso Samjumi, said that Nigeria is presently treading on a very dangerous path with regards to the federal government’s handling of EndSARS protest.

According to Samjumi, the Catholic Bishops Conference had issued a statement on the protest, calling for caution, justice and peaceful resolution of the challenges that prompted the youths of the country to take to the streets.

He said while the government and other stakeholders are making efforts to return the country to normalcy, “the media should be visibly involved in ensuring that the activities going on in this respect are transparently carried out”.

The priest added that the expectation of the Catholic Church is that the media will ensure truthful and objective report of events at this period.



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Re: Catholic Church Cautions against Move to Control Social Media

By: dayan (M) |Time : November 10, 2020, 10:26:50 PM
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“EndSARS is a revolution and it is a phenomenon. It is a revolution that is bigger than any government and it is a phenomenon that will outlive any government,” he said.

Firstly, by coming to the side of defence of freedom of speech in Nigeria, the Catholic church is taking the side of truth and history.
The church also shows that it has depth of knowledge and understanding about what the #EndSARS protest represent.
I'm not surprised because the church is led by LEARNED AND EDUCATED people; unlike the goons trying to gag Nigerians, pretending to have a clue.
Kudos to the church for this!

Re: Catholic Church Cautions against Move to Control Social Media

By: dayan (M) |Time : November 10, 2020, 10:43:14 PM
My humble advise to the "leaders" of Nigeria who want to gag Nigerians is that they should go and study how the combustion engine works.

The designers of the engine understand that you need to add an outlet through which spent energy can be discharged as smoke - a vent of sorts. If you don't add such vent/outlet, the engine will explode, and would never work.

That is what social media is to Nigeria and her youths.

People who feel discontented about the system simply go there and "rant and rave" or even organize for action to change the system. That is all they have, and it is at least peaceful initially.

If I were working for the government, I would NEVER support censoring the social media because it would deny the government a VALUABLE tool through which the government gets to know how the citizens feel and what is bothering them most, and then take action to provide, ameliorate, rectify, or negotiate them out, BEFORE it spills to the streets.

That is how civilized countries do it. But in Nigeria, elements with 19th century mindset are the ones making policy and pretending to lead.

I repeat, social media is Nigeria's most peaceful, cheapest, and most valuable "hand-shake" available between the government and the people.

If by omission or commission it ceases to exist, the people's first line of action becomes PHYSICAL, and it means that physical wars can start FIRST over things that could have been simply shouted or ranted over online.

These government goons look at it all wrong. They say that wars can start from online opinions, but the opposite is the case: wars can start where online speech has been removed!

The founding fathers of the greatest democracy in the world, the USA, understood this simple truth and enshrined it in the constitution, and we copied that aspect. Why are these goons not even thinking about the constitution they copied?

Anyway, Igbo proverb says that "you do not advise a man with scrotal elephantiasis not to jump over a wall. He should go ahead and jump, and whatever he sees, he takes!"  8)

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