Buhari States Position On Social Media Bill
Zahra Buhari Indimi, daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari, has declared that Nigerians need to study and understand the social media bill before condemning it in its entirety.
Zahra who declared support for the regulations contained in the bill, however, advocated that such regulations must be fair.
She made her position known during an interview on the sidelines of the first edition of “An Afternoon with Zahra”, an event organized in Abuja by her foundation, ZMB Homes.
In her words, “We have to see and understand the content of the present social media regulation bill. Whatever it is, you need to understand and know the implication of the bill. That’s what we need to do as young people.
“We need to research more, understand what is going on instead of just making silly comments every now and then and blaming people for no reason. So I am in support of regulations, but fair regulations.”
Zahra also recalled her 2015 experience with cyber-bullying which she believes the social media bill would be able to address such negative trends and its effect on persons involved.
“2015 was when I knew what bullying was. It started with my photos going viral. I was having a yoga class, sweating. But people were busy sending my pictures up and down,” she said.
“People used it for their gain during campaign. The 2015 elections went well. But, after 100 days, the blow started coming. ‘Zaire, your father did this. Zahra, your father did that.’ Am I in office with him? Do I take any vital decision?
“I kept wondering why people do this to me constantly. I said to myself, ‘Zahra you are a woman. Zahra, you are educated. Zahra, you have a son and a family that loves you.’
“Those bullies do not have families. They are just floating. When they insult you, just let them be. They are trying to cover up some things they are feeling within,” she added.