An Islamic scholar and Judge of the Shari’a Court of Appeal, Kwara State, Abdur Raheem Ahmad Sayi, at the weekend, called on the federal government to to regulate access to misguided information on the internet, particularly those capable of fuelling security and religious crises in the country.
The cleric, who observed that the unfettered access to information on internet by Nigerians, especially the youths, said, the “misinformation” on the cyber space has contributed immensely to the present security challenges in the country.
He warned that failure by the government to do the needful might spell doom for the unity of Nigeria.
Justice Sayi made this call in his lecture at the 2012 Special Ramadan Iftar programme, organised by the Ogun State government, held at the Arcade Ground of the Governor’s Office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.
The theme of the lecture was “Threats to National Security and Unity: Religion as a Panacea or Problem”.
According to the cleric, internet could be educative, entertaining and informative, but promoters of hate speech and disunity in the country had used it to spread messages of discord and fake news among Nigerians, hence government must find ways to curb the menace before it is too late.