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CAN Disapproves of Proposed Social Media Regulations

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has opposed the Federal Government’s move to regulate social media, IgbereTV reports.

Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)

President of CAN Youth Wing Apostle Nyeneime Andy who addressed reporters in Abuja on Tuesday November 3, averred that they will resist government’s plan to regulate the use of social media space as Nigerians have the freedom to speak and express themselves without inhibitions.

The Christian group which stressed that the positive side of social media outweighs the negative side, further pointed out that there are genuine social media users who also earn their living and impact on society through the platform.

Andy said;

“Social media is a strong platform that can be used to sharpen discussions, even though it has negative sides. Millions of people make their daily living from social media, even when some people claim that it destroys. Millions of others are also learning from social media.

“In fact, Facebook seems to be the strongest religion in the world. The fact that there are few negative sides to it does not mean that there are no good sides.

“Undoubtedly, the positive side of social media outweighs the negative side.”

Similarly, the General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God Pastor Enoch Adeboye had kicked against the proposed regulation of social media by the Federal Government.

He condemned the proposal as laughable, insensitive, and an attempt to gauge the common man.

Pastor Adeboye said this on Sunday, November 1, 2020, at the RCCG headquarters November thanksgiving service with the theme “Better days ahead”.

Speaking through the Assistant General Overseer (Admin. & Personnel) and member of the governing council, Pastor Johnson Odesola,  he said the attempts to regulate social media as done in China won’t work in Nigeria because the variables are so different.

“The best the government can do is to ensure that the news being carried through the social media is genuine but to want to replicate what is happening in China here in Nigeria is laughable and would not be possible here,” Pastor Adeboye stressed.

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