Youths in the country have been advised to been conscientious about acting on information being released on various platforms of the social media.
Mr. Chidozie Acholonu, a Senior Research Fellow with the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) who gave the advice while lecturing about 130 300-level students of the Department of International Relations of the Obafemi Awoluwo University (OAU) Ile Ife on excursion to the Institute in Abuja observed that many of the information on the social media were malicious and could be used to jeopardize efforts toward peaceful coexistence and national unity.
Acholonu who gave the advice on behalf of the Acting Director General of the Institute, Dr. Bakut t. Bakut also hinted on how social media users could verify information on the platforms before acting on them.
He listed the Boko Haram insurgency, farmers-herders’ clashes, ethno-religious fights among other violent conflicts plaguing the country while noting that they aggravate easily due to the spread of dysfunctional information on social media. He reminded them that Nigeria remained the only country that we have and as such, everyone must as a necessity take pride in her by being patriotic, avoiding any act that would encumber peace and development.
He likewise noted that the social media platforms were vital pedestals for sensitization and mobilization which the youths could use to rally themselves for positive gains rather than being used to cause hatred, injury and promoting other social vices that were inimical to growth and advancement of the Nigerian Society.
Copies of the Strategic Conflict Assessment (SCA) of Nigeria and other publications of the Institute were presented to Dr. K. O. Olayode, the Head of the Department, International Relations of the OAU who led the students by the Director of Administration of the Institute, Mr. Sam Abi on behalf of the Institute. A souvenir was also presented to the Institute by Dr. Olayode who led the excursionists.