President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olumide Akpata has reacted to moves by the Federal Government to regulate the social media space.
Akpata who faulted the move when he appeared on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, said the timing was suspicious.
Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed had complained that purveyors of fake news on social media platforms fueled the violence that resulted in looting and destruction of public and private facilities recently in the country.
However, the NBA boss maintained that social media is regulated already and wondered if the government is planning to shut it down completely.
“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 said.
He admitted that there are irresponsible users of social media and noted that there are already established laws to deal with such persons.
“And if we need to tweak the laws here and there, as we amend our laws every day to meet with issues that may come up that were not previously contemplated, we are all well and good.”