Don’t use social media to cause religious disharmony, Lawyer advises Nigerians
An Ilorin-based legal practitioner, Mr Oye Babatunde on Thursday advised Nigerians against the use of the social media to cause ethnic and religious disharmony in the country.
Babatunde, who gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin noted that social media had become a divisive tool to hamper Nigeria’s unity.
According to him, Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp are being employed by some people to cause disharmony by posting rebellious write ups on their pages to poison people’s mind.
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“To my surprise, some religious leaders that should be the purveyors of peace are the ones posting rubbish on their pages to mislead members of the public, “he said
Babatunde said that a lot of people were guilty of the act, adding that many Nigerians did not know the gravity of what they uploaded or pasted on the social media.
“Must we write against other people’s religion? Must we write against other people’s tribe? It is unfair because everybody deserves some respect and has the right to religion.
“Some public office holders and businessmen in the country are to be blamed as they write negative things to confuse and mislead the masses,” the legal practitioner said.
He also advised the public against careless use of the social media, saying that under-age children also had access to social media accounts.
“The world has gradually turned to a global village.
“The deepening religious and ethnic crises being experienced in some parts of the country is mostly caused by ‘hate’ posts on the social media.”(NAN)