President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration will take firm action against hate speech on social media.
Buhari said this in his Independence Day broadcast to the nation.
Acknowledging the rights of the people to freedom of expression, the president said the right if individuals must not be allowed on the rights of others.
“Our attention is increasingly being focused on cyber-crimes and the abuse of technology through hate speech and other divisive material being propagated on social media,” he said.
“Whilst we uphold the Constitutional rights of our people to freedom of expression and association, where the purported exercise of these rights infringes on the rights of other citizens or threatens to undermine our National Security, we will take firm and decisive action.”
The president also promised Nigerians that the problem of epileptic electricity supply would soon be over, highlighting the steps that his administration is taking to address the challenge.
“I remain confident that Nigerians will have affordable and uninterrupted electricity supply in the not too distant future,” he said.
“Our efforts to improve the power sector will complement other infrastructure investments projects under the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund, which is investing in the Mambilla Power Plant project, as well as key economic road infrastructure such as the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Second Niger Bridge and Abuja-Kano Expressway. The first set of these projects remain on track to be completed by 2022.”
The president said the executive had renewed its relationship with the legislature, adding that this would have a positive effect on his government.
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