Social media regulation: “There must be freedom with boundaries” – Tunde Bakare

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Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Church, Pastor Tunde Bakare has backed social media regulation moves by the Federal Government.

However, he warned the government against being “draconian”.

He spoke recently in an interaction with select journalists as part of activities marking his 66th birthday.

Key officials of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration have harped on the need for social media regulation, saying it would curb the spread of fake news and misinformation.

The need or otherwise for social media regulation further came into sharp focus following last month’s #EndSARS protests, which the Federal Government and police authorities stated was mobilised through social media.

Giving his take on the controversial subject, Bakare said, “There is no free freedom anywhere in the world. There must be freedom with boundaries.

“I am not saying curtail them or we can’t use social media in Nigeria, but there is no nation where there are no balances.

“Look at the picture of a drama that was staged somewhere else that was used to say soldiers have killed protesters. Those things can create troubles.

“But we cannot be draconian. We are not going back to Decree 4. We must do things decently and orderly, listen to the people and formulate laws that will be beneficial to all of us.”

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