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Aisha Buhari supports social media regulation, Sultan of Sokoto vehemently disagrees

Aisha Buhari, President Muhammadu Buhari's Wife

Mrs. Aisha Buhari, the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has berated state governors for not providing basic social amenities and infrastructure for citizens.

Aisha who spoke at the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs General Assembly and National Executive Council Meeting held at the National Mosque in Abuja noted that things are getting out of hand.

“We should either fasten our seatbelt or do the needful or we will all regret it very soon because, at the rate things are going, things are getting completely out of hand. The VP (Yemi Osinbajo) is here, some ministers are here, they are supposed to do justice to the situation.

“People cannot afford potable water in this country while we have governors. Since this is the highest decision-making body of Islamic affairs, for those that are listening, we should fear God, and we should know that one day, we will return to God and account for our deeds here on earth,” Aisha who is a very frank woman said.

On the issue of social media regulation, she noted that if China with 1.3billion people can control the use of social media, there’s no reason why Nigeria cannot control 180million people.

“On this issue of social media, you cannot just sit in the comfort of your house and tweet that the Vice President has resigned. It is a serious issue. If China can control over 1.3 billion people on social media, I see no reason why Nigeria cannot attempt controlling only 180 million people,” she said.

The event was attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto who is the President of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs.

Speaking at the event, Prof. Osinbajo urged Nigerians to be their brother’s keeper irrespective of religious affiliation.

“It is my view that the weight of ensuring that this country is on the right track is on our leaders. We should be our brother’s keeper no matter the religion. We should always be ready to make sacrifices for one another. We have religious and tribal tension in this country; many are beating the drum of ethnic and religious war. We are at a historic juncture of our nation,” the VP said.

VP Osinbajo who spoke on ‘The Role of Islam in the Development of a Multi-religious and Multi-ethnic Nation,’ said; “nations are built by the sacrifices, hard work of leaders who do not care even if they are condemned by persons of their own religion or ethnicity, so long as they are confident they act in obedience to the oaths they swore and to the Almighty God.

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

Osinbajo spoke on how President Buhari promotes religious tolerance even in the Presidential Villa.

“Every Sunday, my family and over 100 Christians attend service in the chapel at the Villa. The chapel is located on the premises of the President and his family. It is located a few seconds away from the First Lady’s kitchen,” the Vice President said.

“Sometimes, when I see the President on a Sunday morning, he asks me whether the service is over already or I am escaping from the service. That is the sort of tolerance that we need in a multi-ethnic, multi-religious society and it is the duty of leaders to show that sort of example,” he added.

Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar in his statement noted that the nation must come to together to address its challenges (specifically noting that the girl child education and the almajiri issue needed urgent attention).

The Sultan however vehemently disagreed with the calls to regulate social media, saying that there were laws already in place to deal with abuse of social media platforms.

Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad III, the Sultan of Sokoto
Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad III, the Sultan of Sokoto – IMAGE SOURCE: Wikipedia
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