Mr. Sunday Dare, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, has admitted that the Federal Governments had the option of shutting down the internet and social media during the #EndSARS protests across the country but decided not to.
Mr. Sunday Dare revealed this while speaking on Channels Television’s programme Sunrise Daily on Monday, November 2, 2020.
The federal government did that to allow freedom of expression, Dare noted.
Other countries like China had over some years now has taken certain measures to exercise some level of restraints over Internet usage in their country, which Nigeria government has not done so, he added.
However, the minister noted that the social media and Internet have tremendous benefits, but fake news must be curtailed.
“There must be some level of responsibility and some level of punishment to those that create chaos out of mischief in our country.
“The fact that our youths used it to mobilize is commendable. But the talk about the regulation of social media has been around for a while. We’ve seen other countries taking practical steps in that direction; this country has not done that.
“Even during the #EndSARS protests, the country had an option (but) the country never went for that final option.
“There was no time the cyberspace was shut down; people were still able to connect themselves through the various social media platforms. And that shows a government that is committed to the rights of freedom and association of every citizen of this country,” he said.
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