Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State has called on the Department of State Services (DSS) and Nigeria Police to invite for questioning, Nigerians who make “unsubstantiated statements” on television and the social media to determine the veracity of their claims.
Governor Umahi who made the assertion during an interview on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said the call became necessary because of the spate of insecurity across the country.
The level of crime in the country is as a result of unpatriotic acts of a lot of us. We, leaders, we come out on television and when we speak, indict other regions, we speak against other regions, we pick on the leader of the country and then castigate the leader of the country. There is no patriotism at all.”
“The way to prevent this thing is that if you are making unsubstantiated statements in the social media, the Police, the DSS, you should be invited to explain and this is no politics because the country cannot fold our hands and allow people to plunge the country into another war. This is very important”.
“I was told that one of the world wars started with a family quarrel and so if you are making a statement on social media calling it freedom of speech, you must come to the law to substantiate it.”
“What I have in the (Ebonyi) State, the communal clash now should have stopped but for the politicians who are making unguarded accusations and statements in the social media and then people outside the State will just cash on that and emotions will arise and the problem will continue.”
Governor Umahi’s submission is coming of the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed’s comments that Twitter chose Ghana as the headquarters for its African operations, because of unpatriotic comments of Nigerians who de-market the country with baseless comments.
The Minister posited that Twitter chose Accra, Ghana over Nigeria because the nation’s West African neighbours know how to sell their country, understand the tenets of democracy and the rule of law.
According to the Minister:”the reasons cited by Twitter for citing the headquarters in Accra, Ghana is that Accra is a champion of democracy and there is rule of law in the country, among other reasons. This is what you get when you de-market your country. “