The First Lady, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, has lend her support for the controversial ‘Protection from internet falsehood And Manipulations bill 2019’ popularly known as the Anti-Social media bill, despite opposition from a large section of the country.
Buhari made her position known at the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) General Assembly and National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Friday at the National Mosque Abuja, with the theme; “Islam and National Development”.
She posited that the regulation of social media was needful, noting that China with about 1.3bn people had done so, stressing that many people could not visit their villages on account of fake news broadcasts.
Her words; “On this issue of social media, you cannot just sit in the comfort of your house and tweet that the vice president has resigned, it is a serious issue.
“If China can control over 1.3bn people on social media, I see no reason why Nigeria cannot attempt controlling only 180m people.”
Meanwhile, she also berated state governors for failing to provide basic social amenities and infrastructure.
“People cannot afford potable water in this country while we have governors. Since this is the highest decision-making body of Islamic affairs, for those that are listening we should fear God, and we should know that one day, we will return to God and account for our deeds here on earth,” she said.
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