June 12: Lalong Decries Use Of Social Media Against Democracy

June 12: Lalong Decries Use Of Social Media Against Democracy
Simon Lalong

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has decried the use of social media in threatening Nigeria’s democracy.

He decried this at a dinner he organised to commemorate Nigeria’s Democracy Day on Saturday at the Government House, Jos.

Speaking at the dinner, Lalong pointed out that some Nigerians were using social media to propagate their personal interests to the detriment of upholding the democratic values of Nigeria.

“It is expedient for me to draw attention to the worrying situation where a section of the conventional media and to a large extent the social media are becoming a threat to Nigeria’s democracy.

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“People who want to pursue their personal interests are using some sections of the media irresponsibility.

“They go about propagating falsehood, fake news, incitement and refusing to abide by professional code of ethics.

“Sometimes, when you follow what some people put in the social media, you wonder whether they believe in Nigeria.

“Nigeria will not collapse or disintegrate. Let us not dwell on our ethnic, religious, political and ideological differences but embrace our diversity which is our greatest strength.

“When we stand together and promote justice, equity, fairness and tolerance to one another, there will be no limit to the greatness of Plateau State and Nigeria as a whole,” he said.