The Federal Minister of information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has insisted on the control of social media in order to stop what he termed its “destructive” power.
The minister made the revelation when speaking at the closing event of the 2016 Social Media Week in Lagos.
“Social media itself must understand that power without control is destructive. I think the social media needs to set up code of conduct.
“The power of social media is something that cannot be ignored but unfortunately today it has become a big destructive. Families, marriages have been destroyed just for the fun of it.
“Therefore, I advise the social media that for them to be credible you must be self regulated, but this government will not pass law to regulate you,” Mohammed said.
The minister said the Federal Government was prepared to diversify the economy through the creative industry and culture and tourism sector.
He said the provision of infrastructure such as power, road, rail system, security and other amenities was critical to the promotion of culture and tourism in the country.
“You cannot promote culture and tourism without fixing infrastructure,” the minister stressed.
Many Nigerians on social media have spoken severally against the plans of government to regulate social media, citing the fact that it was social media that brought them into power