Professor Sulyman Abdulkareem, the immediate past vice chancellor of the University of Ilorin, has called for the regulation of social media to curb abuse by the youth and engage them to promote peace-building in the country.
Abdulkareem made the call in a keynote address at a conference organised by the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) in collaboration with the University of Ilorin in Abuja on Friday.
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The theme of the two-day conference, which attracted participants from various walks of life was, “Youth, Social Media Media and Community Peace-building.”
Speaking on the topic, “Social Media Use and Its Implications on Community Peace-building among Nigerian Youths,” he said social media regulation was the best way to ensure that youths use it for peace-building.
Represented by Prof A.L Azeez, the Dean, Faculty of Mass Communication, University of Ilorin, Sulyman said that social media must be regulated if youth recklessness in using the platforms continues unabated.
“This is why many scholars of communication and peace have intensified their support and agitation for a legal framework for regulating our social media space through the social media bill,” he said.
He said through social media, Nigerian youths should build strong consensus on issues that affect their lives and well-being.
Prof Eghosa Osaghae, the director-general, the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), in his remark, called for the extension of invitation to the youth to attend conferences that border on their role in the society. (NAN)