The regulation of social media continues to cause ripples in society with Olumide Akpata, the president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), faulting the move by the federal government.
Akpata believes the timing to further regulate social media is wrong, adding that he struggles with the terms. The NBA president who made the disclosure while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics said he thinks the social media space is regulated already. According to him, the timing of the regulation is suspicious. He went on to question if the government plans to regulate or shut down social media.
“Are we saying regulate or shutdown? What are we saying because we hear them using regulate? We hear the minister of Information use the word ‘sanitize.’ I just say to myself, ‘what are we trying to do?’ The timing is suspicious.” Akpata admitted that though there are people who use social media irresponsibly, Nigeria already has existing laws to deal with such. He argued that if there’s a need to tweak the laws the throwing out the baby and the bathwater approach is not going to work.