by Stanley Azuakola
The speaker of Nigeria’s Federal House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, is not known to be active on any social media platform, yet the man has advocated for the use of social media in the day-to-day running of government affairs. According to him, there was no doubting the unlimited opportunity which the social media platform offers to enhance good governance and transparency in the world.
Read the report on Tambuwal’s recommendation below:
Tambuwal, who made this disclosure when he delivered a paper titled: The role of social media in modern day politics, at the closing session of the 58th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, CPA, confab in Colombo, Sri Lanka, said developing countries must invest resources, time and energy to develop ICT infrastructure in their localities.
He said: “I wish to recommend that African and other developing countries should support the programmes and policies that will facilitate the development of social media infrastructure in their countries.”
Tambuwal noted that based on careful examination of the context of social media and politics, it is incontrovertible fact that the role which the media plays in modern politics, particularly in Africa, is decisive.
Tambuwal’s position is all the more surprising, considering the perception of Nigerian leaders towards social media users. Recently, Senate president, David Mark called for a regulation of social media, while the president’s aides consistently lash at users of the media.