By Lucky Uwakina (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has stressed the commitment of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to the regulation of the social media.
Mohammed made this revelation while on an assessment tour of media houses attacked during the violence that later marred the initially peaceful #EndSARS protests, following the hijacking of the protest by hoodlums.
According to the minister, the move to regulate the social media was meant to protect the rights of other Nigerians, stressing that he wasn’t going back on his earlier assertion that the government would control the media.
In his words: “A few people will say look at the minister who just few days ago was speaking about regulating the social media. What kind of double speech? He is coming here again to talk about protecting the media.
“Of course, I don’t see any contradictions in those positions. Yes, we would protect the free press; we would protect democracy and the rights of other Nigerians to express themselves. At the same time, we must protect the rights of others,” he added.