The Governor of Plateau, Simon Lalong Monday, while declaring open a one-day town hall meeting organised by Plateau Peace Building Agency to mark the 2017 World Peace Day in Jos, said that the social media was promoting hate speeches and instigating insecurity in the country.
- Lalong stated that the social media was filled with hate utterances that incite and set the stage for mayhem and rancour.
- He blamed the tension and confusion that enveloped Jos, last week, to such tales in the social media, and wondered why the unrest in the Southeast could trigger pandemonium in Plateau “of all places”.
- The governor emphasised the need for stakeholders to work together to reverse the wild trends in the social media.
- “Last week, I initiated dialogue sessions with communities and groups to prevent escalation of the violence. I also directed the Director-General, Plateau Peace Building, to convene similar meetings with other groups.”
- Mr Joseph Lengmang, the Director-General, Plateau Peace Building Agency, in his remarks, stressed the need for proactive steps to sustain peace in the state.