Samuel O. Adeyemi
SIR: The #EndSARS protests that hit the streets jolted the ruling course into reality. The protests, propelled by youthful Nigerians, will without end be ingrained in the minds of absolutely everyone.
Before the protests strike the streets, the cyberspace offered the only channel the place youthful men and women could ventilate their frustrations and anger in opposition to the system.
The youthful people today that propelled the protests have been maligned and named all types of names. They have been labelled as lame duck when it will come to the challenge of country-setting up and modifying government coverage.
They have been referred to as the ‘phone urgent generation’ interested only in voting massively all through reality Television reveals but are unsuccessful to just take a stage more and vote in the course of basic elections in the region.
A leader once called them ‘lazy’. Still, a different lawmaker termed them a ‘drug-ridden generation’. It was therefore a shock to the outdated generation to see these set of youthful men and women pouring to the road and sustaining avenue protests for extra than two weeks.
Characteristically, as an alternative of the government to exhibit accurate sincerity in tackling the concerns that propelled the protests, they went on information gagging spree. 1st, they fined AIT, Channels and Crop up Television set.
Their spotlights are now on regulating social media platforms. “We want a social media policy that will control what should be said and posted and what need to not. We also will need engineering and means to dominate our social media space,’’ so states Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Data.
Not to be outdone, Desmond Elliot, a lawmaker in the Lagos Property of Assembly, explained: “In the following 5 many years, there will be no Nigeria if we do not act now.”
I cannot but come across a parallel involving Obasanjo’s Decree 78 of 1976 and the ongoing vigorous phone for the regulation of the social media area by the Minister of Details and the Lagos lawmaker due to the fact of the exigencies of the second and need to gag the vibrant and some rancorous voices on social media that propelled the peaceful #EndSARS protests across Nigeria.
Obasanjo’s decree of 1976 was enacted in the warmth of the instant when he was the Head of State but it was not until finally 1995 that the exact same decree was utilised to nail him in the phantom coup trial by the Abacha junta.
Lai Mohammed and Desmond Eliot want to know that what goes about comes about.
They might succeed in pushing down our throat an autocratic law gagging the free of charge flow of details on social media, but they have to have to understand that the night time simply cannot go on without end, the dazzling early morning is coming!
A time is coming when they would have to have this similar social media to progress their political agenda, but that exact law would haunt them and could be made use of to silence them when that time will come.