Abuse of so­cial me­dia

Daily Trust - - VIEWS -

Al­though so­cial me­dia are rev­o­lu­tion­iz­ing pol­i­tics and free­dom of speech, to men­tion a cou­ple, I’m be­gin­ning to be afraid of the mis­use of these agents of glob­al­i­sa­tion by the youths in Nigeria. We, the youths, have de­cided to, ei­ther will­ingly or un­will­ingly, turn our so­cial me­dia plat­forms into bat­tle­grounds in which this weapon of de­vel­op­ment will turn into a weapon of mass de­struc­tion. God for­bid!

The re­li­gious con­scious­ness of Nige­ri­ans is to some ex­tent a bless­ing, but to a greater ex­tent a curse, per­haps be­cause we are not fol­low­ing the teach­ings of both ma­jor reli­gions. Ev­ery Nige­rian is en­ti­tled to a choice in re­li­gion, but why are we not re­spect­ing our choices? If we can­not do it for the sake of our re­spec­tive reli­gions or civ­i­liza­tion, then let us re­spect our choices for the sake of peace and pros­per­ity of our dear coun­try.

A harm­less Face­book post or a tweet by some­one is given re­li­gious and eth­nic coloura­tion by those who re­spond or re-tweet. It is trou­bling the way young people, even the older gen­er­a­tion in some cases, use un­print­able lan­guage against their fel­low cit­i­zens.

And this tor­rent of abuse and name­call­ing hap­pen on our so­cial me­dia plat­forms 24/7. Ev­ery dis­cus­sion, be it po­lit­i­cal or so­cial, is viewed in re­li­gious per­spec­tive and this has im­pli­ca­tions on the unity of this great coun­try. While we are busy nurs­ing our democ­racy, a big dan­ger is fol­low­ing us “bumper to bumper”. Be­fore things get out of con­trol, let us find a so­lu­tion to it Ah­mad Jib­ril, Katsina<Ah­madj47@ ya­hoo.com>

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