Stop insulting, inciting people at home, Buhari warns Nigerians in diaspora


Muhammadu Buhari

President General Muhammadu Buhari has cautioned Nigerians overseas against the use of social media to insult and incite from a safe and anonymous distance, urging them to always promote Nigeria’s unity.

Buhari gave the warning while speaking at a meeting with representatives of Nigerians living in Portugal on Wednesday night, according to a statement on Thursday by his spokesman, Garba Shehu.

The statement was titled, ‘In Portugal, President Buhari reiterates commitment to peaceful, credible elections in 2023’.

‘‘The world is a global village and technology has shrunk the world even more. Although you reside beyond Nigeria’s boundaries you can engage easily with the country. In fact, we see the impact of that engagement clearly on social media.

‘‘This platform has empowered Nigerians in the diaspora and given you great influence. As we have seen, however, social media can be a force for good as well as a force for evil.

‘‘Many countries, including our own have had to take strong measures against some social media platforms to curb their excesses and prevent them from destabilising our societies.

‘‘I, therefore, call upon you to use social media responsibly. We all want the best for our country and people, so let us strive to build, unite and prosper our nation and people and not to insult and incite from a safe and anonymous distance,’’ Buhari was quoted as saying.

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