Users of Social Media platforms are at the receiving end of the blames traded by Nigeria’s Interior Minister, Abdulrahman Dambazau on Thursday. The Minister has said that social media is being used to escalate herdsmen/farmers clashes across the country.
He said social media has been used to frame the crisis in such a manner that can undermine the unity of the country.
Dambazau who delivered his address during an inaugural meeting for stakeholders on the conflict in Abuja, said the effects of the conflicts have been loss of lives, dislocation of people and communities, as well as the destruction of socio-economic activity.
“The rise of the social media has given scope to the non-traditional media outlets which has seen interest groups frame stories surrounding the conflict in ways that tend to undermine the co-operate existence of Nigeria,” he said.
Mr. Dambazau said the meeting, which hopes to bring together ethnic, religious, geopolitical, civil societies and other concerned parties, will after its inauguration on Thursday serve as a basis for deciding on the membership of subsequent stakeholders meeting on the conflict.
“Although the problem is currently within the Niger-Benue river basin regions of the country, it has a wider geographical implication affecting the West and even Central Africa.
The Interior Minister, Abdulrahman Dambazau, said the crises between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria constitute a threat to the peaceful co-existence of the country.