President Bola Tinubu, speaking through his Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila, at a book launch in Lagos State on Thursday, February 8, 2024, emphasized the necessity of regulating social media due to its perceived role as a societal menace.
He criticized the platform for spreading fake and misleading information, contributing to social unrest and violence in some regions of Nigeria. Tinubu underscored the importance of establishing a regulatory framework for news dissemination on social media to combat misinformation and ensure national stability.
He highlighted the significance of data in policymaking for national development, asserting that no developing nation can thrive without well-informed data. Tinubu cautioned about the potential dangers of social media, emphasizing its wide reach and the need for shared understanding of truth and reality. He reiterated his administration’s commitment to evidence-based discussion and data-driven decision-making to foster better policy formulation and execution.