Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, has asked the Department of State Services and the Nigeria Police Force to invite Nigerians making “unsubstantiated statements” on social media capable of heating the polity.
The governor, whose state has been under attacks recently, stated this on Thursday while featuring on Channels Television programme, ‘Sunrise Daily.’
He said politicians making unguarded utterances on social media were part of the reasons why total calm has not returned to the affected communities in his state.
“The level of crimes in the country is as a result of unpatriotic acts of a lot of us. We, leaders, we come out on television and then we speak, indict other regions, we speak against other regions, we pick on the leader of a country and then castigate the leader of a country. There is no patriotism at all,” he said.
Umahi, who is a member of All Progressive Congress(APC), added: “The way to prevent this thing is that if you are making unsubstantiated statements on the social media,you should be invited to explain by the Police and DSS.This is not politics because the country cannot fold our hands and allow people to plunge the country into another war and 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 state 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 on that and emotions will rise and the problem will continue.”
Recall that the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had also blamed unpatriotic Nigerians for being the reason why social networking service, Twitter, decided to make Ghana its African headquarters.