2019: Don't Turn Social Media To Battleground - Gombe Cleric
Barely two weeks to the 2019 presidential election, the atmosphere is already tensed up with the gladiators making last minute efforts to curry favour from the electorate.
The gladiators are not alone in the race as their followers have become 'warriors' on several social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter defending their candidates.
Name calling and hate speech have become the order of the day and this is getting a particular religious organisation worried.
A leader of the Gombe State arm of Jam’atu Izalatil Bid’ah Wa Ikamatis-Sunnah (JIBWIS) which organized a sensitization workshop for youths on the use of social media in political era, Sheik Salisu Muhammad-Gombe said
"It is disheartening to see how our youths in Gombe have moved political thuggery to Facebook and other social media platforms".
Salisu who addressed journalists shortly after the sensitization said after reviewing activities of the youths on social media, the organization resolved to sensitize the youths on how the platform should be used “to gain reward rather than just fun or instigating chaos”.
"We cannot sit and continue to watch our youths attacking each other on these social media platforms all in the name of politics.
''Every individual's shortcomings is looked for and spread on Facebook," he said.
He added that as a religious organization, the body will not fold its hands and allow the youths who are mostly used by the politicians for political gain to turn themselves into ‘weapons of mass destruction’ both on and off the political ground.
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