ABUJA, Nigeria – Presiding Pastor of the Awaiting The Second Coming Of Jesus Christ Gospel Church, Adewale Giwa, has criticized President Muhammadu Buhari government’s plans to regulate the use of social media in Nigeria.
Nigeria’s Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday, said the federal government is working on regulating social media.
He specifically reminded president Buhari that he came to power in 2015 through propaganda and criticisms on social media.
“You can’t plan to regulate the powerful tool that brought you to power in 2015.
In a statement on Wednesday, Giwa noted that criticism is a price of leadership and any leader who does not want to be criticized cannot lead successfully.
“Has he forgotten so soon that social media played a prominent role in electing him into the office in 2015?
“They first tried it through a Senator representing Kebbi South Senatorial District, Bala ibn Na’ Allah but didn’t work. I can tell you that their plan won’t stand.
“If not social media, this government would have caged the people. Where would they start from?
“In America, people criticize Trump on a daily basis without intimidation. A good leader admits all blame and looking for ways to make the people smile,” said Giwa.