A forum of Northern women, the Jam’iyyar Matan Arewa, on Monday cautioned against rising cases of fake news, hate speech and drug addictions that were dragging the country and its youths to the precipice.
The group at a press conference in Kaduna said that the issues must be collectively handled to avoid their devastating consequences.
Its chairperson, Aishatu Pamela Sadauki, a former deputy governor in Kaduna State, said government, parents, political, religious, community and traditional leaders must work together to reverse the negative situation.
Mrs Sadauki noted that the breakdown of family unit has resulted in the neglect of children, who now grow up as addicts and criminals terrorising the society.
She said that all levels of government must engage the youth, offer them education and skills training to become more responsible members of the society.
Mrs Sadauki said parents and the general public as well as government must also play their role in protecting and preventing children from all forms of social vices.
“Jam’iyyar Matan Arewa also appeal to regulatory agencies, NAPTIP, NAFDAC, Nigeria police and civil defence corps, to beef up their activities on the challenges of these social vices during this festive period and beyond.”
On the misuse of social media to spread hate speeches and fake news, the chairperson urged the traditional media to counter the negative trend.
She said “We take this opportunity to draw attention of press, social media users on the need to be selective in what they feed the populace. You should not underrate your role in nation building.
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“You should enlighten the public with credible information on sensitive national issues in the interest of peace prosperity and progress of the nation.”
Mrs Sadauki also cautioned the electorate against selling their votes, but to use it wisely in electing people that would bring about positive change to the country.
“The Jam’iyyar Matan Arewa would like to draw the attention of the public to the importance of the value of their vote,”she said, adding that the electorate must resist all forms of monetary inducements during the 2019 general elections.”