Hello beautiful people, and welcome to my little world!
I was discussing with my friends yesterday on the forth coming general elections in Nigeria, it is not as though I’m a political analyst, but each one of us had divergent views about the leadership of this country Nigeria… One of the issues raised that struck me was that the bill for the ban on social media has been passed to the ‘house’ for second reading. Whaaaaat!
When I asked why, I got a chorus of “Do you know what people say on social media about the government?”… and I was like is it not a breach on the right to freedom of speech? I got yet another chorusing answer that people are abusing the right. Really?
Then, I began to ponder on this matter. In my thoughts, I recalled that the president (GEJ) when elected in 2011 specifically held a meeting or conference with the youths, and in that meeting he promised to constantly connect with the youths on social media… Of course, he fulfilled that promise in less than 5 months! The president is also on social media, in fact, he has a Facebook page to himself where he posts almost everyday.
Well, I seldom drop by his page just to read people’s reaction to his posts… Initially, he was receiving praise comments as through perceived ‘messiah’ to the nation; but as time went on, when things fell apart and the center couldn’t hold, would I say when the scales fell off the eyes of most persons, president GEJ’s page has been bombarded with venting comments from ‘angry youths’ youths about his style of leadership.
In my thoughts again, I began to wonder whether it was because of those ‘angry comments’ that he decided to place a ban on the use of social media… How will it play out? Will he ask all the social media bodies to delete Nigeria from their date bases? What would happen to the pictures saved-up there? What about the long distance relationship created? Oh again, how most companies survive…? How will I get people to read my blog post or will blogs also be banned? Too many questions to ask!
Mr. President, I want to use this medium to bring to your notice that this same social media have saved lives, it has been used to combat crimes, catch criminals, and so forth.
There are more important things to focus on which are the basics, and yes you promised to deliver them during your campaign in 2010. Sir, make a way to provide at least uninterrupted electrical power supply for just 24hrs for the populace…that’s one thing we yearn for. Thank you.
Now, imagine a world without social media!