Nigerians outraged as first lady calls for social media regulation
Nigerian first lady Aisha Buhari's call for social media regulation has caused an uproar online.
Buhari who was speaking during the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs General Assembly and National Executive Council Meeting over the weekend said social media ought to be regulated before it gets out of hand.
The first lady compared Nigeria to China stating that with the big difference in population, Nigeria should be able to regulate social media.
"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.
"We should either fasten our seat belt, get up and do the needful or we will all regret it very soon," she added.
Buhari's statement comes as a proposed social media bill is being deliberated in the Nigerian senate.
Nigerians online were not amused with the comparison to China with some urging the first lady to compare Chinese development and politics as well.
If China that has 1.3 billion people can have almost zero unemployment, what of Nigeria that has only 180 million— M Abba (@M_Abba_) November 30, 2019
If China that has 1.3 billion people can have good roads, water, hospitals, schools etc what of Nigeria that has only 180 mn
Aisha Buhari should advocate for this
Dear Aisha Buhari, in china, if a government official is found guilty of corruption, he/she will be shot to death and the bullet is paid for by his/her family. How about we copy this from China, not just social media control pic.twitter.com/bca1us0TSO— Obinna Nwosu (@obi_Nwosu) November 30, 2019
If China can do this, if China can do that!— Young Otutu (@YoungOtutu) November 30, 2019
We can't copy China to become a country that produces electronics,
We can't copy China to become a super power.
We only want to copy China when it comes to repressive policies.
The Aisha Buhari delusions.