June 18, 2024
Conflicts: CISLAC Seeks Comprehensive Regulation Of Social Media
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Conflicts: CISLAC Seeks Comprehensive Regulation Of Social Media

Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC, has called for the comprehensive and inclusive regulation of social media, giving cognisance to human rights as a proactive measure to reduce conflict tensions and tendencies in Nigeria.

 

In a communiqué signed by its Executive Director, Mr. Auwal Ibrahim Musa, at the end of a one-day capacity building for “response networks” on early warning and early response in Lagos, CISLAC says the emergence of social media has continued to aggravate derogatory statements and hate-speeches with evident tendencies for conflict degeneration and polarisation.

 

Calling for a quick resolution to the problem, it maintained that social media is constituting a serious danger signal. CISLAC further called for the strengthening of the country’s governance and justice systems at all levels to respond adequately and fairly to the underlying causes of conflict.

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Participants at the one-day conference organised by the civil society legislative advocacy centre (CISLAC)/transparency international in Nigeria with support from the Open Society Foundation also stressed placing appropriate sanctions against perpetrators when necessary.

 

The communiqué also stressed the need to build social cohesion at community levels through institutionalised and integrated Early Warning Volunteerism to effectively identify and analyse conflict trends, alert stakeholders to conflict risk, inform decision-making and initiate a timely response.

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