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Regulating Social Media Will Keep Youths Engaged In Peace-building — Don

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Immediate previous Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Prof Sulyman Abdulkareem, has known as for the regulation of the social media to curb abuse by the youth and have interaction them to advertise peace-building within the nation.


Abdulkareem made the decision in a keynote tackle at a convention organised by the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) in collaboration with the University of Ilorin in Abuja on Friday.


The theme of the two-day convention, which attracted members from numerous walks of life is,”Youth, Social Media Media and Community Peacebuilding.


Speaking on the subject, “Social Media Use and its implications on Community Peacebuilding Among Nigerian Youths,” he mentioned social media regulation was the easiest way to make sure that youths use it for peacebuilding.


Represented by Prof A.L. Azeez, Dean, Faculty of Mass Communication, University of Ilorin, Sulyman mentioned the social media should be regulated if the youth’s recklessness in utilizing social media continues unabated.


”How can we make youths to make use of social media positively to empower themselves whereas on the identical time deploying it for peacebuilding? The greatest means is by controlling and regulating the social media house.


“The regulation and management of social media house on grounds of humanity, peace and safety are ostensibly believable as such justifications have been invoked in Pakistan, Malaysia and India.


“This is why many scholars of communication and peace have intensified their support and agitation for a legal framework for regulating our social media space through the social media bill.”


Abdulkareem careworn that for efficient growth of social media amongst Nigerian youths in direction of group peacebuilding efforts,  the youth should consciously try to advertise credible info on their platforms.


The former vice-chancellor mentioned that the social platforms too ought to be used to facilitate digital dialogues amongst group stakeholders in direction of attaining peace and safety among the many individuals.


According to him, the youth whereas utilizing the social media also needs to be battle delicate, including that this is able to stop using stereotyping and profiling methods in framing delicate points.


“The youths’ use and adoption of social media ought to be aimed toward selling peaceable coexistence amongst numerous ethnic teams.


Through social media, Nigerian youths ought to construct robust consensus on points that have an effect on their lives and wellbeing.


“No meaningful socioeconomic and human development can take place in a nation where its youths are preoccupied with sharing divisive and inciting rhetoric on social media,” the don mentioned.


Abdulkareem famous that the social media had grow to be a fertile floor or platform for “computational propaganda trolling and weaponisation of information as evidenced in the spread of disinformation and misinformation.”


He decried the preponderance of faux information and hate speech within the social media, which he mentioned have been able to sustaining the tradition of intolerance and selling range as an alternative of cohesion for nationwide stability.


“It is a poison that divides society, blinds the mind, reinforces sentiments and can plunge society into unending conflicts that hinder development and create unstable society. It is indeed a threat to peace, unity and order of a nation,” he added.


Prof Eghosa Osaghae, Director-General, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), in his comment, known as for the extension of invitation to the youths to attend conferences which border on their position within the society.


According to him, there’s the necessity to all the time discuss on to the youths themselves on points that concern them at a convention just like the one in query with a purpose to succinctly drive residence the message on the subject material.


Osaghae famous that there was really no clear lower or nicely outlined age for one to be known as a youth, including that anybody at any age might name oneself a youth.


“One of the ways that we can push these kinds of conversations concretely forward would be to invite the youth to be part of this kind of debate,” he mentioned.


According to him, the Nigerian coverage paper defines the youth as somebody who’s between the age of 15-30, which suggests she or he is beneath custody and never but autonomous.


“I’ll nonetheless lengthen that definition to imply that the youth is a social class, so a youth is she or he {that a} specific individual says she or he is, however their age.


“So when you’ve got a consciousness of being younger or outdated that’s who you might be. There are people who find themselves 40 however they already really feel they’re outdated, so let or not it’s with them that they’re outdated.


“There are people who are 25, and are all grey and feel they are old, so be it. So in terms of social construction, you are who you say you are, old or young,” Osaghae added.


Earlier in his tackle of welcome,  the Director-General, IPCR, Dr Bakut Bakut, mentioned  that given the present considerations in Nigeria relating to the youth, media and peacebuilding, the convention’s theme was apt and well timed.


Bakut  recalled the #EndSARS protest, which was organised by the Nigerian youth, saying it clearly demonstrated that the social media was a breeding floor for faux information, hate speech, misinformation and on-line incitement of unrest.


He mentioned the youths might use social media as a device for peacebuilding as a result of they use it extra steadily however usually tend to grow to be victims of violence and be recruited by extremists.


“This is a major subject as a result of know-how can both be a medium via which terrorists recruit younger individuals or a method via which younger women and men will help in constructing peace.


“Although the  younger are essential gamers in peacebuilding, they’ve been excluded from the method and are as an alternative considered manipulable instruments for violent conflicts and social unrest.


“Hence, the need for this conference aimed at bringing together scholars, researchers and students along with media practitioners to discuss how to effectively engage and support youths in peacebuilding,” he mentioned.

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