Fayose, who’s facing trial for N6.9bn money laundering, wants social media regulated

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Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has called for legislation regulating social media usage in Nigeria.

Fayose made the call in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Sunday.

The ex-governor’s call comes days after the Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila pushed for similar legislation.

Fayose noted that social media has become a very important tool globally and Nigeria is no exception.

However, he said, the propensity for abuse of social media has made it imperative that legislation be enacted to guide its usage in the country.

“The truth we must all face is that we can’t keep operating an unregulated Social Media. Usage must be regulated in line with law for both platform owners and users.

“Social Media has become very important to our existence no doubt, but there must be regulations guiding its usage.

“The world over, Social Media is playing major roles in crime fighting and Nigeria is not an exception.

“However, good as the Social Media has become, the level of its abuse and use for misinformation is worrisome. No  society or responsible government will fold its arms at these excesses. It is being done in other countries.

“Though it is normal for Nigerians to be suspicious of govt regulations, but users  with good intentions  has nothing to fear,” Fayose said.

The ex-governor is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged N6.9 billion money laundering.

 

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