A Catholic Cleric in Nigeria has faulted government attempts in the West African nation to regulate social media engagement saying it is “an effort in futility” since State officials are not even “in control” of the online platforms.
At a virtual meeting targeting Francophone Africa convened to explore ways media can best serve the Church in Africa amid COVID-19 challenges, panelists have said that social media, which has been widely used during the pandemic, will continue to be engaged post-coronavirus.
At a virtual session aimed at exploring ways the media can best serve the Church in Africa amid COVID-19 challenges, panelists have underscored the need to train members of the Clergy in appropriate ways of engaging social media for effective evangelization.
A Nigerian Catholic Bishop has joined his compatriots who are campaigning against a proposed bill seeking to regulate citizen engagement on social media terming the attempt a “short walk to totalitarianism” in Africa’s most populous country.
At a time when the diffusion of Internet and digital gadgets globally and in Africa have contributed to the use of social media across the globe, Catholic journalists in Africa’s most populated country, Nigeria, have been encouraged to engage social media for evangelization, digital forums that can facilitate the passing on of gospel values with relative ease.