Ace broadcaster and co-anchor of Kakkaki Programme on Africa Independent Television (AIT), Salamatu Ibrahim has said that Nigeria’s security situation will improve for the better if women take the lead in teaching their children issues of security at the family level through constant orientation and monitoring of what they read and post on the social media.
Salamatu made this suggestion as one of the guest speakers at the Faculty of Humanities, Social and Managements Science seminar series held at the Bingham University, Karu, Nasarawa State.
According to her, “Despite the positive roles played by social media in exposing crimes, cases of kidnapping and other security issues in the country, the use of the social media has fueled terrorism with the tool of propaganda”.
She said, it is not uncommon to see posts that activates ethno-religious and political crises from those she called “unpatriotic Nigerians”, hence, mothers can help educate their children on the contents they post and read.
A Professor of Political Science at the Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, USA, called for trust between government, communities, religions and ethnic groups as the social media plays very important roles.
While emphasizing the impossibility of censoring contents on the social media, the University don said there is the need for those who handle government’s information to always provide accurate government information to avoid distortion by members of the public.
Other speakers at the seminar called for self-censorship, with a call on journalists to verify information they take from the social media platforms as the general election approaches.