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MISUSE OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE IMPLICATIONS

By: Moshood Muhammed

Social media, facilitated by the internet technology and made popular at the turn of the millennium by the emergence of platforms such as Snapchat, WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook opened a vista of opportunities in every area of human endeavours. This has undoubtedly enhanced effective information dissemination and communication in a way that has never been experienced before, globally.

However, social media has not only opened doors of opportunities for business expansion through online marketing and sales of goods and services, it also fostered the practice of citizen journalism, enhanced interaction among people globally, at social, economic, political and other fronts.

To this end, the importance and relevance of social media globally cannot be over emphasized, especially in the area of information dissemination and social interaction.

However, while some people reasonably adopt the platforms in promoting their businesses, social causes, and interaction, others have at one time or the other, consistently used the different platforms in spreading lies, unfounded rumours and speculations about persons, organizations and their activities.

This development has the capacity to cause unrest and civil disturbance. Sometimes, outdated information and irrelevant messages are sent on social media without verification of their authenticity.

Moreso, some people use the platforms to show off, by virtually releasing all information about them and their families online, a practice that is steadily gaining ground.

Some kidnappers and robbers have often revealed during investigations that they get information about most of their victims from their social media activities and are able to trace them, based on the information made available on the cyberspace.

Nigerians should note that aside the security challenges, those who release virtually all their travel details, achievements or generally misuse the social media may unknowingly be sending wrong signals even to prospective employers. This is because recruiting organizations now search the social media, to gauge and understand the lifestyles of their recruits to determine if it aligns with their companies’ goals. This gives them an insight into what the prospective employee can offer their establishments.

Also, tertiary institutions also rely on social media for a background check on their prospects. This is unknown to many people who have in the process lost jobs and admission opportunities.

To correct these anomalies, it behooves on the relevant agencies including the National Orientation Agency in collaboration with Nigerian Communication Commission, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture to continuously sensitize Nigerians on the proper use or way to operate these platforms and possibly facilitate reasonable legal framework to check abuse.

This move however, should not be an excuse by the government to gag the people.

Also, parents, guardians, religious leaders, social groups and the Nigerian media should sensitize the people on the need to make judicious use of the social media rather than use it to cause harm to themselves and the country.

 

 

 

 

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When Leadership calls, Responsibility beckons!

Reflection on Leadership

 

By: Moshood Muhammed

Has anyone ever wondered what a free society would have been like? Are you thinking of what leadership entails? What does leadership even means to you? This is for you.

When Adam and Eve were created in the beginning of the world, God made Adam the head and by extension humans above all other creations. This is the anatomy of leadership.

The decision of the most supreme being underscores the importance, indispensability and inevitability of leadership in the societies of the world. Management of general affairs, conducts of people, regulations and other resources will lead to unending crisis without the position of a leader or leadership.

The concept of leadership has evolved overtime; philosophers, scholars and thinkers have come up with different postulations and explanations of what leadership represents, its organs and workability. Premised on this, the system of leadership differs from a society and environment to another.

Regardless of the shape a leadership may take, it is important to note and take to fore that certainly, a particular individual or group of persons take charge of affairs of a particular setting.

Purposeful, responsible and responsive leadership is the hallmark of representation. The people or the led deserve accountability and transparency, without which abuse of power, anarchy, impunity and corruption would be as good as to have taken centre stage.

Many who are in leadership positions today see it as opportunity to take advantage of the ‘vulnerable’ followers. It is essentially necessary to point out that the notion that there is always a beginning and an end is nothing but the truth.

While you hold sway in a leadership, every reasonable leaders must bear in mind that it can’t be all rosy, that is why I’ve continued to say that leadership is not just position or opportunity to relax, amass wealth and or possibly wield unnecessary influence but a call for action of service delivery. This suffices that every leadership position comes with its ‘enourmous’ responsibilities.

It is therefore imperative for all those who are in positions to know that it can never be a easy task, just as it is usually not an all-comer affairs. Leadership simply infers hardship.

While only a few may perform well while in position of leadership, others have on the other side perform below par. That is undoubtedly what life is, anyway.

Whichever way one falls, however, there is always a ‘reward’. If you buy your way through people and court of public opinion, you can never escape the court of conscience and posterity.

A leader who wishes to lead successfully must be ready to be all-embracing, accept advises, take his or her stand without fear or favour and shun the mischief of hailers and praise singers. You can’t be a good leader without being able to make the right and yielding decisions.

Meanwhile, it is important to note that whether for good or bad, every leader and leadership shall be remembered. What do you or your leadership want to be remembered for? What you will be remembered for is dependent on what you stand for, the problems you are able to solve it those berthed by you.

Nothing is certainly hidden. Whatever you do while in power will count for or against you later. History hunts; have a scan of the society and you will confirm this in affirmative.

Best regards!

OPEN LETTER TO NIGERIAN YOUTHS

By: Ademuyiwa Kehinde

It is a known fact that the present situation of the country has now become so bugaboo; it is there for all to see. Our government has turned kakistocracy overnight; the political class sole aim in government is to buy the world for themselves and their family, leaving the sons and daughters of the commoners with any hope of a sound tomorrow.

Even though our government has failed us, should we then also fail ourselves? Should we also fail our future and or should we also fail the unborn generations? It must not happen; else our fate is sealed in doom. God forbid though!

If MT Mbu could become Nigerian foreign affairs minister at 23, Pat Utomi, a federal adviser at 27, not forgetting others in history, why is it so difficult for us now despite the advancement?

The main problem is that we are ill-prepared and have overtime shown no serious concern towards what the nation is going through. In other words, we are dead in slumber, with heavy and rising snores.

You are as person reading this, haven’t you ever felt cheated? Are you satisfied with your present condition, are you at where you suppose to be? That job of yours is that your dream job? Have you ever reasoned if their children schooled in this country? The reason is obvious. They do not believe in the education sector of the country they oversee, same as medical, industry among others.

To further explain the extent at which our government and politicians have destroyed the lives of many youths emanating from their bad leadership in this country kindly, visit the different lotto or game houses around, then, you’ll be so sorry for the future of this country. Many of our youths have now taken their fate to unworthy, shameful and perilous activities, becoming professional in virtual games, betting of sorts in internet fraud, ponzi schemes, among others, just to mention but a few for survival. So pathetic!

As unfortunate as our condition as a nation may appear, my dear contemporaries, our parents seemingly have taken their own destiny and then looking up on us to fight for our freedom; it will be disastrous to make the same mistake they made during their own time.

Therefore, if we are to have such good government we deserve, then there is an urgent need for the youths to come into action before it is too late, having being denied our right by the set of old cabal who smuggled themselves into the position of power. Should we then allow them have their way again in 2019?

Fellow Nigerian youths, this is the time we need to discover our mission, vision and fulfill it or   betray it. There is a need to create more platforms where we can give and discuss our opinion, get involved in activities of the government, only then we will be taken seriously to be able to offer a meaningful alternative to the rotting and lackluster leadership quagmire in the country.

Kudos to some concerned youths who are running platforms, doing their best in seeing that youths take back their rightful positions such as NYCN, YIGGI, HOPE FOUNDATION and a the host of writers, who are mostly concerned about our national good for taking up the quest towards a greater and more prosperous Nigeria for their contributions.

Having recognized the efforts of others for their contribution, it behooves on all meaningful Nigerian youths populace to step up their games; it is a necessity to call their attention and to awaken in us the spirit of youthful and purposeful leadership for the country, which will serve solely the interest of disappointed and cheated Nigerians while moving our country to an enviable height among the comity of nations in the world.

The time is NOW; let’s get GOING!

God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria