Lai Mohammed : No New Tricks.

Nigeria's minister of information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has two major challenges. Diction is one of them. Sounds paradoxical given his office. Whatever his background, the minister is not able to get beyond the use of the first person pronoun. Singular or plural. And so he uses "we will not..." "Our government", "we oppose" and allied syntax in his new job. Then culture shock: He is not used to being at the receiving end of throwing stones. Takes a long while. So today,Monday, in Lagos, Mr Lai read a veiled riot act to "influencers of Socio media" He asked them to "self regulate .we will not stiffle free speech but I am asking you to self regulate or self destruct" So many personal pronouns ”Let me assure you that the Federal Government does not intend to stifle free speech or abridge the rights of Nigerians to air their views freely. We are not about to regulate or mull the Social Media" As if social media is a profession, he explains that: ”What I am saying in essence is that you must self-regulate in order not to self-destruct. Self-regulation allows you to weed out the charlatans among you in order to maintain your credibility and ensure your survival. Lose credibility and lose it all. That is the stark reality. If you must survive and grow, you must not compromise your credibility,” Credibility is not something the citizens of the country he currently serves know him for. And his party, APC, made the brand of social media he now criticise almost a profession. He was a beneficiary of hate speeches during the last campaigns. It was alright to air his views 8 months ago but the same does not hold for Nigerians? What nigerians ignorantly refer to as social media is not different from heated debates at bus stops and newspaper kiosks. At Ogogoro joints. In a twist, the minister thanked the "social media platform for its role in electing APC. But they should be quiet, for the nation's sake even when the house is on fire,as it were. ”This is not a partisan call, since all Nigerians, irrespective of their party affiliation, will benefit from a better Nigeria" It is funny that nobody at the forum did not play the tapes of Mr Mohammed's speeches for the past two years. Incidentally, culture shock means discomfort arising from being flung to a new environment.
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