The social media tool is now the fastest and easiest means to disseminate any information. Messages or data can go across the globe within a blink of an eye. It can go either way, depending the initial intention of the user. It is the responsibility of each one of us to be very active online to counter the mischievous ones amongst us whose only mission is their pockets, power or what they intend to benefit from when the problems start.
With the rise of social media and the prevalence of the internet in our daily lives, there has been a commensurate rise in online hate. Online hate isn’t only schoolyard bullying or mean words gone digital, but any expression or promotion of vitriolic hate and racism, whether it is clear or veiled behind a messaging strategy.
The 2023 campaigns begin with different twists of aggression with affront from political parties and proponents. Every campaigner believes his or her chosen candidate or contender is the only solution to the nation’s woes. Not treating someone fairly and not being tested fairly is not only atrocious but very dangerous when the spirit of sportsmanship is disregarded.
People have suddenly become monsters behind their online profiles causing catastrophe that they might be unable to douse later. Some, just for the fun of it and others being paid on daily basis by their masters. Their objectives might be to heat up the political environment by affronts or mockery. Unfortunately, these castigations are not only directed to only their political opponents, but their tribes and religions. Such strategies have been applied in various levels during previous elections. Vivacious youths are using their strengths for appointments and cash ignoring their various prospects. As such, youth use it as a means to secure the future. Most of the traditional and religious leaders have become so involved in politics that it’s now impossible to preach on both principles and national interests. Logics have been overtaken by selfish interests and personal beliefs. This is not only crummy to their reputations but it’s dangerous for the period of the elections and the continued existence of the country.
The privilege of having to be in full control of our devices and the ability for assumptions that our opinions are supreme, closes every room for mutual understanding and clean debates. Many times, we feel entitled to being masters or professionals on issues we have little or no knowledge about. The end results are always chaotic and misleading. History has shown that over the few years, major of the violence across the country is buoyed by the use of social media. Many lives were lost and properties lost just by what some handlers wrongly portrayed.
The social media tool is now the fastest and easiest means to disseminate any information. Messages or data can go across the globe within a blink of an eye. It can go either way, depending the initial intention of the user. It is the responsibility of each one of us to be very active online to counter the mischievous ones amongst us whose only mission is their pockets, power or what they intend to benefit from when the problems start. These demonic brashness must be fought with aggressive by ignoring sensitive and unverifiable discussions, addressing the importance of peaceful elections and promoting peaceful co-existence.
For social media, it gives room for a sane dialogue amongst different parties, backgrounds and regions. Hence, concerned Nigerians must shun politics of hate, campaigns of blackmail and the spread of fake news. There’s no reason why one should be more engrossed to smear the image of someone rather than campaign for his choice. We must do everything possible to harness the power of the social media to avoid elections violence. Elections come and go, but the words thrown out to the world cannot be retrieved as they are more powerful than atomic bombs.