Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi has said that the social media has the tendency to destroy Nigeria, stressing that he would have taken far reaching decision against its use if he was the country’s President.
It will be recalled that earlier this month, persons said to be working for Umahi were in the news for mercilessly beating an Ebonyi-based reporter, Charles Otu, for using Facebook as avenues to “expose the failures of the Ebonyi state government in many sectors and update activities of the government and to critically analyse and x-ray its programmes and projects”.
The governor however spoke on Thursday while fielding questions from State House correspondents over a report that he rejected the current clamour for restructuring of the country on the grounds that his state is not ready for such.
Umahi unequivocally denied ever being opposed to restructuring, stating instead that he remained an advocate of restructuring, fairness and equity.
According to him, “First, l was falsely reported. What we said was that we stand for unity of our great country Nigeria. We stand for restructuring, a country where there is fairness, there is equity, there is love. If l were the president of this country, l will do something about the social media. I think it’s destroying our country.
“We have to agree to that and we are afraid of a bill being passed. I think everyone needs to account for whatever he or she writes. So, we stand for restructuring. We stand for a more united Nigeria where everyone will respect one another.”