Friday, April 18, 2014

Social Media critics should “fear God”, Information Minister, Maku says

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Information minister, Labaran Maku

The minister claimed critics were using social media to slander Nigerian officials.

The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, has called on people he said use social media to ‘slander’ the government, to search their conscience and stop the practice.

Mr. Maku, who spoke via his Press Secretary, Joseph Mutah, in a release on Tuesday, was reacting to a publication he said appeared on an online medium.

The minister described as false the story that the First Lady, Patience Jonathan, was interfering in some appointments in the Federal Ministry of Information and parastatals under the Ministry’s supervision.

“It is absolutely false the report which attempted to connect the First Lady, Dame Dr. Patience Goodluck Jonathan to issues of appointment in the Federal Ministry of Information,” he said, adding that, “the report is false and malicious”.

Mr. Mutah therefore, “urged those peddling this slander and similar slanders in the social media to search their conscience and redeem themselves from the path of destruction they have subjected our society to.”

He said the media report surrounding the first lady is “a cocktail of lies and the handiwork of vicious characters that specialize in tarnishing the good reputation of decent people and leaders in the society”.

He also said the report shows how very low some people can go in abusing the reputation of the social media in Nigeria.

“They offer fiction and slander freely to the public without conscience. They neither respect the laws of the land nor fear God. They continue to destroy the well-earned reputation of worthy citizens and leaders for selfish reasons.

“They should leave this ignoble task and embrace God and decency for the good of themselves and the society,” he said.

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